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  1. TheJuan-n-Only
    So about 9 months ago I decided I would stop supporting "the egg industry" and start raising my own chickens...one problem...I lived in a small apartment! hahahaha...so I finally have a house; we closed on it mid April/2011. We had to do many things in the house before "coop time", so finally I got to start in the back yard...and the coop. It will be an open coop and run "combo" 5' wide x 10 ' long x 5'5" tall (give and take...with room to grow) (coop will be 5'wx4Lx4t).

    I have 0, none, nada, zip wood working skills...so If I can do it...anyone can!!! :)

    Here are some pics of the backyard and the coop location before...we selected this area due to the shade and the wooden fence that would protect the N side of the coop.
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    ...and after (bad thing about shady spots....lots of roots!!!!
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    Made my 1st cuts of the legs of the coop and the run base.
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    Floor framed
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    Moved the coop outside as it was going to get to heavy soon for me and my 13yo son to move. (Learned my 1st lesson ...Lesson 1- not only level the coop's area, also level the area that you will be working on the coop if not the same place!!!)Floor on and starting the Wall's frame. I used 3/4" plywood for the floor since I may decide to use sand inside the coop itself also.
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    Simple Wall framing....2x4's L shaped on the corners with a 6" high deference (no snow to worry about in FLA)
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    ..and Run Framing
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    Wall on, hardwire on.... and coop getting ready to move into place.
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    Coop back into place. As you can see I have bricks buried on the N side of the coop since I wont be able to bury hard wire on that side due to the fence. For the rest of the coop I rested all corners on blocks an I made a 7" trench around the coop.
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    The roof is on. I used 3 Ondura Red corrugate roof panels. Here is the frame before the roof was secured and the wire was added between the 2x4s and the panels
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    The inside top ventilation before the window was added
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    The south Side before the window and nest boxes
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    Nest boxes added and some trim work started...they boxes are 12.5" w x 13 tall x 12.5 deep and they now have door to get the eggs from the outside and linoleum floors
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    Here is the coop almost completed. Needs the locks for the nest boxes and to trim the run area
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    Since this picture the linoleum of the far wall was removed and the rest has been leveled to the floor and walls
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    The east side
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    The Ramp
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    The locks that will secure the run door and both nest boxes doors/
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    I have a feeder that will hang in the run and I will be making a 2gal water w nipple system. The chicks are currently using a rabbit bottle in the brooder so they should be ok.
    The future residents:
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    ...and their current home!
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    More to come!!!

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  1. Jadnils
    Nice job Juan, I am 60 miles south of you and we are starting our coop today ! I live in a small house and have 4 chickens( 2 are 2 mos. and 2 are 2 weeks) so am building a 4'x4'x4' coop which will sit 2' off the ground. I'm getting excited and hope it goes well.

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