How do people do it?

By Bama Chicken · Jul 18, 2013 · ·
  1. Bama Chicken
    I just recently joined BYC but I had been using this site for info and ideas along with other sights a long time before I got my chickens. Several say that they built their coops and runs for $200 or less I have found that this is extremely difficult. I as you can see I used about 80% repurposed materials and I have over $200 in mine so far and its not painted on the outside yet. I have been watching freecycle, and craigslist to pick up anything free or reasonably priced. I've been working on my coop and run for months here and there when i could but maybe i was impatient. Anyone else feel the same about this? How DO they do it?

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  1. Grammypammy
    I hear you loud and clear! Last fall my husband decided the cheapest way to have a coop was to build his own. He built our home 33 years ago so he is a good builder. My only statement was that I didn't want it to look like a piece of crap in the back yard. You will note by my posted picture that it is a great looking coop. But it cold him Several hundred dollars to complete! And the slide door to let them out in the morning is made of an old nylon cutting board that we slide up an down, so we were thrifty when we could be. Our only regret is that the wheels he put on it to make it a chicken tractor, do not work. they should have held the weight but do not- they go flat in a few minutes so we are noever able to move it anywheere without it being a real pain in the butt. None the less- it loooks great- has two little windows in the front with window boxes full of flowers, has a cute little sign on the man door. It has a piece of linoleum we had leftover for the floor with wodshavings bedding- it is so easy to clean! three perces and 5 egg boxes- who could have asked for more. But it is hard to by groceries for less than $200 and it takes over $100 to fill my son's auto with gas for the week. My thought is that $200 just doesn't go as far as it used to. We had to spend way more than that, but I just love the coop my flock has.
  2. Whittni
    With a little bit of luck and ingenuity, anything is possible. Other than craigslist, check local construction sites and ask if they'd part with whatever you can find useful or you can check thrift stores and repurposed home supplies stores.

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