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By flyboy129, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Jan 21, 2014 | |
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    My Minibarn/coop
    A while back, I had drawn up plans for a 10x10 minibarn to store our yard tools, bicycles, etc, and have a place where my DW could start her plants in the spring. Also, since I am newly married, on a, um, very limited budget, I needed to build it as cheap as possible. Me kinda being a nut about doing something right the first time, I didn't want it to look cheap. Where I work, I have access to plenty of pallets made with 2x4x8 supports. :D I also had some remnant pieces of 3/4 OSB that was about 14" by 8 feet long. Add to that, some nice pieces of 36" roofing my parents had laying around that was too short for anything else (52" is perfect!), and I'm loving freecycling! I only had to purchase lumber for the floor joists and ridgebeam, siding, and screws! My friend at work asked me why not go ahead and make it a 10x12. He said, you're gonna have to buy siding in 4 feet sheets, so, you'll need 3 for the side anyway. Metal is 3 feet wide. You'll need 4 of those. Why cut? Frame it and cover it! (Now why didn't I think of that? :p ) I figured I would find something to fill that extra 24" anyway. A couple months ago, while I was working on some DIY projects, a RIR roo came strolling thru the yard from who knows where and crosses the road (Yeah, ha- ha, no pun intended. He really did). A couple hours later, still working on more projects, I heard my Grandpa-in law, and grandmother-in law yelling at their huskie. I look up, and Skip is tossing a fluffy red squeeky toy in the air. After muttering something (probably not nice to repeat), I raced over and fought Skip off of the poor guy. He was a little banged up, but nothing I hadn't seen already, since I have been around chickens for most of my life. I cleaned the feathers from his wounds, then used peroxide and covered the openings with neosporin to prevent any flies from getting in them. I put him in a little pen out back I had made for our declawed cat. He healed nicely, and was kinda lonely by himself.
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    A quick trip to my parents remedied that.

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    Guess I found out what I can use the 24" for...
    I started framing.
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    Rafters Next

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    Then the walls and roof.




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    Inside
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    The back two feet is for the birds.
    nest boxes.
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    The inside with roosts, window, and nests
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    The Pop door.
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    The covered ramp into the coop.
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    The door leading into the coop from the barn.
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    Added a fenced, raised bed garden. You can see the enclosed hoop run on the right.
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    Need more mulch and compost. This will be the greens bed.
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    Double gate will go here.
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    Curious roo.
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    Main entry gate from backyard. Good shot of enclosed run.
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    Perimeter fence around greens bed. Laying out for raised beds.
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    Building the beds
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    Will debug for food.
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    Caught sunbathing.
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    Filled with soil, ready to plant.
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