Elcyds Chicken Coop

By elcyd · Jan 11, 2012 ·
  1. elcyd
    Heres the basic story of the Coop and Chickens.
    Let me introduce myself- I am a true City Slicker who is now a certifiable- I mean certified- Country girl. After wearing down my husband (2 Years worth of nudging) he conceded to let me [​IMG]....LOL.......have Chicks. I began by doing a bit of research- and talking to everyone I knew about my plans of getting some egg laying hens. I went to livestock auctions, surfed the net etc. I had a coop designed- but soon after a neighbor offered their coop to me. It wasn't truly what I wanted- but did fit the bill in terms of price and my desire to do this with as much recycled material as I could. What better than a recycled coop?
    Off I went to pick it up with a small trailer. The neighbor was nice enough to throw in some shingles to roof it, and a feeder. A good start!
    I got to work and cut the siding- then realized they needed windows.
    Initially it was just Tyvek covered. I got two sheets of T-111- painted them to match our house and on they went. I did build a new door- because the old one was a bit rough.
    I had some old cabinets that already had the Chicken wire so I cut some windows. Of course then I realized I needed a way to shutter them in inclement weather.[​IMG]
    I am starting to get the hang of the power tools- so I decided to get fancy and go for the sliding door entry. It actually works!

    Once done- The help arrives and its time for it to go to its home on the hill.

    Much heavier than it looks!


    For the fence. I decide to go with some fencing I got off of Freecycle. I did have to buy the posts. I then realized that I needed Chicken wire because the holes were way too big - and I had been cautioned that raccoons could reach in, and chicks would wander off. The chicken wire is in the works- but the little ones are too small yet anyway. I made the gate out of scrap lumber we had around the property. All in all I doubt I spent over $300- in paint hardware, and lumber.[​IMG]

    Of course I did the whole thing back wards.
    The coop was pretty much done and I realized I didn't have a brooder. We had an old headboard in a shed that was there when we built the house and I converted it into a brooder.[​IMG]

    My son unscrewed the top and we used an aquarium lid

    I had to put a little door on the back so I could convert it to a walk through.


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    [SIZE=4][CENTER][SIZE=4]Last week was the happy day of arrival. Three Buff Orps, Two White silkies, and 2 Delawares.[IMG][URL]http://render-2.snapfish.com/render2/is=Yup6aQQ%7C%3Dup6RKKt%3Axxr%3D0-qpDofRt7Pf7mrPfrj7t%3DzrRfDUX%3AeQaQxg%3Dr%3F87KR6xqpxQQonxeeoxQPGxv8uOc5xQQQGaGGGQalJlqpfVtB%3F*KUp7BHSHqqy7XH6gX0QPnl%7CRup6lQQ%7C/of=50,590,442[/URL][/IMG][/SIZE][/CENTER][/SIZE]
    [COLOR=#000000][SIZE=4][SIZE=4][CENTER][SIZE=4]More to come as they grow. Thanks for visiting my page[/SIZE].[/CENTER][/SIZE][/SIZE][/COLOR][SIZE=4][SIZE=4][CENTER][/center][/SIZE][CENTER][/center][/SIZE][CENTER][/center]

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    [SIZE=4][SIZE=3][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000000]An update- a nice day- tractor built- time to meet the big dog.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=4][SIZE=3][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000000]Glad the dog doesn't realize thats one thin net![IMG][URL]http://render-2.snapfish.com/render2/is=Yup6aQQ%7C%3Dup6RKKt%3Axxr%3D0-qpDofRt7Pf7mrPfrj7t%3DzrRfDUX%3AeQaQxg%3Dr%3F87KR6xqpxQQonxeeoxQPGxv8uOc5xQQQGaGe0GaQloqpfVtB%3F*KUp7BHSHqqy7XH6gX0QPnG%7CRup6lQQ%7C/of=50,590,442[/URL][/IMG][/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=4][SIZE=3][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000000]Spring arrives- First day in the new coop![/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]
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