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First chicken coop for our first chickens

By RWeaver322, Aug 19, 2014 | Updated: Aug 23, 2014 | | |
  1. RWeaver322
    This is our first chicken coup for our first chickens. I looked at some designs on here and took the ideas I liked and this is what I came up with.
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    The first weekend on the project all we did was the foundation. The foundation area is 8' x 12'. We also laid chicken wire under the dirt to prevent predators from tunneling in.
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    Now on to the build. The front is 6'6" and the back is 5'6".
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    The coop it self is raised 30" of the ground and is 4' x 8' wide.
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    I put the window in for ventilation on nice days. I will be putting a hinge on the board I cut out so I can close it when it gets cold.
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    Introducing the little ones to the coop.
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    Right now I have plastic over the plywood roof until I get around to putting roofing material on it.

    There is still work to be done like wiring the run, building and installing the nesting boxes, and building the door into the run. I also have to put in the roosts. If anyone has recommendations on that I am all ears. I will post pictures as we progress. So far I have about $150 into it.

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    A couple upgrades. I put up the chicken wire and coup door.
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  1. Mountain Peeps
  2. Roxannemc
    Oh and put some sheet vinyl down on floor its way easier to clean off than wood and water proof for spills and built up muck from straw
  3. Roxannemc
    I agree cheap paint..Walmart and some used housing parts money goes t o charity. may have some too way cheap.. Walmart and some other stores have mistake paint. half price or less.
    I have heard you do need to paint that pressed wood as it will come apart with rain and snow if not.
    Also use 2x4s for your roosts as they can sit on their feet in winter with them ,.If you have silkies they dont use roosts.
    I didnt know that until i built a roost for them !LOL LOOKS NICE!!
  4. lisaslists2014
    i got some tan outdoor paint from either hd or lowes for $5. :)
  5. RWeaver322
    Thank you and I will look for some of that paint. Would love to save some money on this project.
  6. chickenneighbor
    Looks great so far! You might want to check out the box home improvement stores for "oops" paint when you're ready. You can sometimes get a gallon of paint for around $7.

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