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"Mattersville" Coop/Pergola

  1. match-nickel
    Mattersville.jpg So here goes... My wife is a 4K teacher, and hatches eggs in her class every year. I've been threatening for years to keep the chicks. This year, we only had 1 hatch, so I decided to keep her around long term. I built a brooding box out of an old dresser, the post is in the Brooder section. From there, we started making a coop. I have a pergola next to the garden in my back yard, and one over the deck as well, so I figured, why not keep with the theme. The "Mattersville" name is an old joke between some friends of mine and I. There is a song from NOFX called Mattersville about old punk rock guys living together in a compound. We always joked that we woudl start one. It doesn't hurt that my name is Matt, either...

    The idea was to build a pergola over the area my kids swing set used to be. It is an area 12' x 16' roughly, that has 10 year old non-dyed playground bark on it. The worms love that we've been mulching this area for so long, figured the chick would too! (My youngest named her "Shelly" BTW).

    I will follow with pics. If you think its cool and have any questions, let me know!

    Day 1, brought the lumber home.
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    Below is our existing Pergola and garden. The coop is going to go to the right of the garden.
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    Day 2, We started digging out the trench for the perimiter, so we can build it down 12" or so.
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    Day 2 continued, we started the Pergola framing. And by "we", I mean "the kids did most of the work whilst I drank beer, and supervised"
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    Day 3, we started framing out the actual "chicken house" as my youngest calls it.
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    Day 4, we starting putting the walls up on the "chicken house". I had a cedar fence that hid all of my "yard junk" on the side of the garage. We figured now is as good a time as any to tear it down, and make it a nice area next to the garage for my 71' Caddy. Plus we got some free material out of the deal!
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    We made the outside of the coop openable doors, for easy access to clean. We will add nesting boxes to the door later this summer, figure we have a good couple of months before we need to worry about that.
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    The next few pics are various days after school/work where we added welded wire to keep Shelly in and secure.
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    Next, we built a door!!!! Not sure why all of the enthusiasm, but it was a fun afternoon from what I remember... behind is the neighbor kids who seem pretty stoked to have chickens in the neighborhood too.
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    If any of you have been to Dinsey World, and have been to the Brer Rabbit areas, you know what I was going for here. We used scraps from the fencing, and made a ramp and coop door.
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    Shelly came to check it out as I was building the door from the inside.
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    We have made more progress since the last pic, but I've been more worried about getting "the smelly chick" out of my house than taking pics. I'll put up more as I take them. Hope you all like it! Let me know what you think!

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  1. match-nickel
    I do have some updates and pics, but for some reason it wont save.
  2. match-nickel
    The lumber was around $400. It was the 4 boxes of fender washers and hardware that caught me off guard. I probably spent close to a couple hundred dollars on that alone!
    Also, update... Shelly is getting some new friends! My wifes class has hatched 3 chicks in the last day, one of which is a rooster, so we wont be able to keep him. Her class already named one Oreo!
  3. lavender pekins
    Love it how much did it cost to build??? I love the ramp and coop door!!!
    I agree she needs friends!!!
  4. cathiesue
    That's a great coop! shelly needs a few friends!

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