I can't wait any longer to post so it's not finished but I'll keep it updated until we are done!!
I did a lot of research about chickens, coops and everything in between for months now! I wanted to make sure that I did things right the first time (I'm kind of learning from byc that that's not possible), but I also wanted what was best for our family and chickens!
The last problem I came to was money, these chickens are not being named as we don't want to associate them as truly "family members," because they are after all for eggs and meat, but we do love them and spend A LOT of time with them, BUT we couldn't afford (nor do we believe) they need a castle but again wanted them to be safe, happy and comfortable. So.... I planned everything out (with many changes before a final plan) and kept in mind the money situation.
I found LOTS of pallets, scrap plywood, styrofoam, and 2x4's (that came off pallets) off Craigslist and by word of mouth for free.
So far I purchased a few treated 2x4's and 2 sheets of treated plywood for the floor. And someone's leftover commercial siding (extremely large pieces for extremely cheap for the roof) and old hinges off Craigslist. All for less than $50!
Hubby helping put floor together and making sure it's level!
I have some artist making a beautiful coop and one big helper putting up the first wall!
While I start to put up slats on first wall hubby put up 2 more walls
I got 2 walls with slats on them, these are the 2 walls with windows! It's coming along!
3 walls with slats on them and this is the wall with the door to the run!
Unfortunately things have come to a slower hault as we have 3 kids under 3 and my husband got an abundance of work from the tornado that hit near here (not complaining love that he has work!) but I'm by myself so I only get a little bit done at a time!!
Will post more as I make progress !!!
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK I CAN TAKE CRITICISM TOO!!!!