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Chateau Le Chic (Nearly FREE)

  1. flyfish
    I decided that rather than drop $400 for a small coop at our local feed store, I would take advantage of the many construction dumpsters in our neighborhood and build this coop for as little mullah as possible. The total cost for parts ended up being around $75 for our 4x4 coop (2 sheets of OSB, some 2x2's, screws, hinges, locks, wheels, etc.). In truth, I didn't mean to build it quite so big as we only have 7 chickens but hey, they seem to like it and it didn't cost me any more to go bigger. I did steal a few ideas from the feed store coops but made it all my own. I didn't have plans just an idea and I went for it and here's what I ended up with.

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    My little helper.
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    I had to pull out the old Pythagorean Theorem here.
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    I made a pull out floor for ease of cleanup.
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    I even scored an already mixed the color I needed can of exterior paint for only $7!

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    After deciding that it would be really hard to turn, I added swivel casters on one side.

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    It's self contained right now but, I will add the extra run on the side.
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    After reading the article here on ventilation, I added another vent for safe measure.
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  1. flyfish
    It's simply a 1x2, but I also notched my nesting box lid so that it would seat into the opening.
    Hope that helps.
  2. pHENtHOUSE
    Great job! I have trouble with my nesting box leaking on the West side. What is that piece of white material you have over your's?
  3. sepaditty1
    Wow! Good job! I bet your girls will love it. And there's no such thing as too big, you just need more chickens!!!!

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