And it's DONE!

By PatQ · May 21, 2013 · Updated May 21, 2013 ·
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  1. PatQ
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    I'm a 58 year old woman with NO carpentry experience at all and I built this coop from start to finish by myself - what an incredible learning experience! I used The Garden Coop plans which were wonderfully detailed and I just took it 1 step at a time, gradually getting more and more confident in my skills - I even got brave enough to change things up and add some of my own touches to the basic plan based on all the ideas I got from BYC! The chicks are 2 weeks old and will move out in another week or 2.


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    In the meantime, I built this little portable run so they could play outside on these beautiful days!

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  1. Chickencountryuk
    "Excellent"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 13, 2018
    For someone with no carpentry skill this coop is very well built. Could use more description though.

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  1. Nutmeg101
    that is a beautiful coop!
  2. PatQ
    Thank you Vicki :)
    They moved in to the new coop at 3 1/2 weeks old and are LOVING their new home (5 weeks now) - I put different levels of perches in the run and logs/rocks etc. - a chicken playground. It has stayed dry during a few big rainstorms so I'm relieved about that - all in all a great coop!
  3. chicki-vicki
    you go girl - you give us all hope - congrats
  4. PatQ
    So true - I was warned about circular saw "kick back" which was helpful - otherwise, I was on my own in the safety realm!
  5. Weasleymum
    To dawnjerrene and patq-- I think those of us who are inexperienced with power tools and a bit scared are the ones MOST LIKELY to end with everything still intact! Fear = caution. It's the know-everything types with too much bravado that end up in the ER getting their thumb sewed back on.
  6. PatQ
    Thank you ParsonPlace - Can't wait to get them out there! Just looking at your roosting set up - looks awesome - trying to figure out a roosting plan myself right now!
  7. ParsonPlace
    Wow ! Great Job !
  8. PatQ
    Hi Dawn - and thank you :)
    I had never used any power tools prior to this project - and I ended up with all my fingers still there! I used a miter saw for all the short cuts and a combination of circular and jigsaw for everything else. The plans were 19.95 and worth every penny - he details every step of the way. It took me 2 months to build, but I am very SLOWWWW. Others have built it in a few weekends. The coop is totally predator proof with the 1/2" hardware cloth surrounding the run and buried 12" underground - Good luck with your coop!
  9. dawnjerrene
    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. You give me hope! I have to build a coop this month, and have never had to do this sort of thing before. My ex-husband built all of our stuff. I am scared to death of the circular saw, and I know the 5-inch craft saw won't cut through everything I need to use. :( It sounds like you didn't cut any fingers off, right? ;) How much did the plans cost you? That is the prettiest thing I've ever seen for birds! Nice and secure, no raccoons or hawks getting in there. Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment! :)
  10. PatQ
    Thank you Nannie - They seem to be happy chickens :) I hope they like their new home!
  11. nannie
    good job pat yourself on the back. your chickens I can see are in very good and caring hands
  12. PatQ
    I think the Lilac handle is going to hold up great, danib - feels very strong - I also waterproofed it for extra protection.
  13. danib
    It looks great! I had a similar idea for the handle because my backyard is woods and we have endless amounts of trees. Was afraid it wouldn't be as durable..but was still thinking of trying it. Let me know how it holds up.
  14. PatQ
    Well Lavendar - when business picks up, I'm guessing you could build a less expensive version.
  15. lavender pekins
    wow i like wish i could build but buisness is slow at the miniute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. PatQ
    It took me almost 2 months to build, but I am SLOWWWW - I'm sure someone with experience could have done it much faster. Materials = $720.00 for everything!
  17. bjones1128
    Great job! This is a beautiful little coop! How long did it take you to build it? How much were the materials?

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