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Crazybirdladys Chicken Coop

  1. CrazyBirdLady
    The Chicken Coupe
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    May 28, 2010
    After a year's worth of collecting mostly FREE materials we are finally in the process of putting together the chicken coop!
    Cinder blocks: four solid 4x8x16 blocks, one standard block - about $6 from Menards*
    Base: four 8' ... I don't know what they're called; see below - free from husband's work*
    Flooring: new linoleum/vinyl (?) - free from friend (Thanks Jake!)*
    Lumber: 2x4's, 2x6's, plywood - free from friend (Thanks Mike!) & husband's work*
    Extra Lumber: 4 sheets of plywood - $82*
    Man door: new framed door - $30 on CraigsList*; door knob - $2 at flea market*
    Windows: saved from our house when we replaced the windows - free*
    Roof vents: saved from our house when we replaced the roof - free
    Roof shingles: left in shed when we bought our cabin - free*
    Nest boxes: milk crates - free from brother-in-law who works at a dairy (Thanks Danny!)
    Posts for run: 4x4's - free from husband's work
    Rain barrel: food-grade 55-gallon drum plus fittings - free from husband's work
    Pop doors: three pulleys to open doors from outside - $3 at flea market
    Ramps: conveyor belting with cleats - free from husband's work
    Stairs: saved from a deck tear-down - free on CL*; two patio blocks - free from our yard*; two cinder blocks - $2.50 from Menards*
    Paint: white exterior stain - $20 from the hardware store (wouldn't have made the purchase, but the moisture was warping the plywood)
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    The chickens will have access to the area under the coop as part of their run.
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    Base/floor is 8' x 9'. The door is on the north wall. North wall is 8' tall, south wall is 6' tall.
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    One window each for the E, S, & W walls.
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    Window hinges are simple rectangles cut from PVC conveyor belting and screwed in place.
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    *Running total: $142.50

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