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Aussie backyard coop.

  1. Stimpster
    The wife and I have been contemplating a coop for a while. The build started when I was given a choice. Build one, or buy one!
    I wanted to build as I believe the quality would be better and last a lot longer. Only problem was... I had not made anything since first year of high school, and I only made a wooden pencil case. So my woodworking skills were lacking along with confidence to build one.

    I began to plan by checking out many Coops on this site and Youtube. I then downloaded a design program and drew up a rough design with rough measurements. This was not the final design, but gave me something to start with.
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    Off to the hardware store and picked up some tools, screws, posts, framing timber, plywood etc. Did I mention I have not built anything. I recall staring at the timber for ages wondering where to start.
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    Dimensions were 1200mm x 1200mm and 600mm high. I then framed up the base with extensions for the external nesting boxes. After that, I put the floor down and began to build the frame. A mate helped with the frame.[​IMG]

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    I decided to make the top of the frame 1000mm high then frame the roof. Felt it didn't need to be any taller as my wife and I are not tall. Next stage was to cut the ply and make the door. The sides have windows with mesh in them for ventilation. I later made some frames out of trim to neaten it up. What a learning experience. Angles and wood! I also developed some OCD's building this.
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    I famed up an access door for cleaning purposes.
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    the door is made from 3mm aluminum and I put tarp rails on the internal part as a runner. I then hooked up some pulleys. Door is 300mm x 400mm.
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    2 nesting boxes.
    The sides were completed and painting completed prior to the trim being put on. [​IMG]

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    The coop will be put in the backyard very soon then chickens added when the run is completed. We live on 1 acre so they will get to roam around the yard. Ladder completed but needs to be painted.
    Hoping for 4 to 5 chooks. Would like Australorps or Isa Browns.

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  1. Karen711
    Great job !!

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