My Coop 7

By BrahmaMom · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Sep 6, 2012 ·
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  1. BrahmaMom

    What began as a swing set for my daughters 2nd birthday
    this picture is NOT from the beginning

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    17 years later has become home to 8 baby Brahmas
    .She said that if I took her swingset I had to buy her a pool - that's it covered with the blue tarp ....it's the only flat spot left


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    WE STARTED DEMO EARLY MAY 2011​
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    What once was kids play
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    Is being dismantled

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    to create something new.


    We started with a Free Shipping Crate from Craigslist
    gotta love CL!!
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    a few modifications
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    Good ole boy know how
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    Modified crate - 28 sq ft - this should be big enough for 8 chickens lounging
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    Or my husband just built his own doghouse-should the need arise :)
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    SO FAR THE ONLY PURCHASE HAS BEEN SOME TREATED 2 X 4'S - MAYBE 10
    ALL THE OTHER WOOD HAS COME FROM THE FREE CRATE & THE SWING SET
    TIN ROOFING CAME FROM AN OLD BARN DEMO

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    THE GREEN SHINGLES ARE
    1916 ROOFING SHINGLES
    FREE FROM CRAIGSLIST!!!!!!!
    THEY GIVE IT THAT OLD WEATHERED LOOK!
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    Habitat ReStore has good stuff too - vents & hinges $3.00 - & we didn't use it all!
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    Our old screen door was put to use - reduce - reuse - recycle
    A few more 2 x 4's & old swing set wood to frame the run
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    The Chicken Wire was the most expesive part - but we still have enough to build several chicken tractors - $72
    I moved out the old burn pile & moved in some plants

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    Added 8 - 3 week old brahma chicks on June 3, 2011
    They really like their new digs!!!! I had to teach them to go up & down the ramp & put them to bed at night but eventually they got it figured out!


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    Found more roofing behind out shop so the entire run is now covered.
    Moved the potted plants so I can see the chickens from my office.


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