I'm just curious. I just built a portable coop 'For Fun" and it cost me a lot more than I planned. Buying retail, between the wood, the paint, the screws, and the hardware it cost me about $150 to make. (I used 20 in wide, 4ft long, wire rubbermaid shelving on 3 of the sides instead of hardware cloth). I had planned on selling it to cover my time and expense, but I may end up keeping it with all the work I put into it. It's portable on two wheels and I can move it around by myself.
I thought this might be a helpful topic for people:
1. How big is your coop?
2. How many birds does it fit comfortably?
3. How much did you pay for it/or how much did it cost you to build it?
4. Did you have to buy retail for supplies or did you use any free/recycled parts?
5. Post a picture of the outside and the inside.
I'll start with the 'for fun' coop I built:
1. 4ftx4ft on the bottom run, 2ft high underneath run, top is 4ftx32 inches and 2ft high inside.
2. Probably 2 Jersey Giants, or 3 heavy breeds, or 4 light breed, or 6 banties?
3. Approx $150 for all the supplies (retail mind you! Ouch!) The bubble skylight roof was freecycled to me, and the wire decorations under it on the plywood 'sunshade' I bought at a garage sale.
4. Here are pics:
I had planned it from 2 to 4 full size adult chickens, I might remove one of the nesting buckets since I doubt two would really be needed. If I don't sell it I'll either gift it to a relative or use it as a grower coop for started chicks. I have a bigger coop 8x8 already so I really don't need both.
My husband spent over $500 to build our 8x8x8 coop with a tin roof.
I didn't think either was too much spent, considering a tiny egglu or a nice henspa would cost about $500 plus shipping.
How about the rest of you with your coops, both cute or functional?
Edited by teddiliza - 7/6/08 at 2:31pm