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And it's DONE!

By PatQ, May 21, 2013 | Updated: May 21, 2013 | | |
  1. PatQ
    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. 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!

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