4X8 easy to build (and safe)

By Banty-Shanty · Mar 28, 2013 · Updated Apr 4, 2013 · ·
  1. Banty-Shanty


    Describe: 4X8' easy to build (and safe) My coop design keeps my little bantams safe from our dogs and other potential predators. I am a 60+ woman and was able to build it mostly by myself.
    Needed: 4, 8ft posts
    3 pieces of 2x 8" roofing panels 2 are aluminum and one in middle is clear plastic)
    6 ft pieces of dog eared fencing. (This amount will vary according to how large the windows are)
    Studs for horizontal supports
    1/2 in hardware cloth wire for windows
    Door on side is narrow with spring closure and gate latch.
    Tools: skill saw and battery screwdriver drill, various lengths dry-wall screws (lots of them)
    whatever materials for interior box.... I found a large doll house at thrift store that hangs on wall for nest boxes
    Floor is dirt and sawdust
    During cold spells I hang plastic over windows'
    Chickens have plenty of light and I have a wire pen for outside foraging.
    The drywall screws make building simple compared to a hammer and nails. All these materials are light except fpr corner posts that were set in place in hole filled with cement. They could be done with dirt and lots of tamping.
    The good thing about this is it the windows are up high enough to keep dogs and other animals from tearing the wire.
    Well, you get the idea!

    PS...would like to post photos of my Banty-Shanty but don't see how to do that here.May be I will learn how...I am new to this blog.

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  1. Banty-Shanty
    thanks for your response. There are cross (horizontal) 8 ft 2x4 connecting to posts to nail the vertical fence boards to. These are located 2 per side and cut to fit,
    Since I wrote this, I have now turned my 5 Zebra finches loose in this pen and hey are quite happy. The chickens barely notice since the birds are always up high on shelf, branch or perch. It is a coop-aviary.
  2. Roxannemc
    Good job us more mature girls can do things too but I must say yours looks better than mine do!!
    The 4 8 ft posts are they corner posts? What then supports the wood boards vertically ?
    Yes more pics would be great.
  3. Banty-Shanty
    I will try again to post pictures. Thanks.
  4. bluebirdnanny
    I was hoping for pictures too! Since I will be doing about that size on the side of my shed where I made a platform frame for my temp coop. Going to do the pen yard first then finish a "lean to" 5x8 between pen and shed (after inspector on house updates leaves). By fall anyway the better coop will be done, then if it gets too cold I can figure out a way to warm it for them. Maybe by then my friend can hook up electric out there for me.
  5. judyki2004
    I would love to see how it look like! blessings
  6. katbriar
    Hope you can post pictures! And good for you for building it yourself. Isn't it satisfying to be resourceful!

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