My first attempt Making Anything (coop)

Coop first time builder
By Spartan22 · Jun 30, 2018 ·
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    Being an accidental (impulse) chicken owner few years ago, I had to find a coop that is functional, economical and as quick as possible before my wife change her mind to let me keep the chicks. I almost bought one of those premanufactured coop kits that I found online, after all I’ve put together toys for our kids that took forever to assemble (sarcastically) until I saw and touch one in our local store. I asked myself if I want to invest my $500-600 hard earned money on this cute yet flimsy wooden coop? And jeopardize my first venture with chicks and hearing my wife “I told you your a city boy, get rid of those chicken”? But being from the city and not knowing anything about building a coop, predators, and farm life, I started researching and reading about chickens, pre-ranging and coop safety. Thanks to BYC, Chicken Chick, and YouTube learned a lot within a weeks time on what to look for and what to avoid. I hate to admit I was jealous of Martha Stewart’s coops that I bumped into YouTube search, but I don’t have her money to hire someone nor the property for it.

    These sleepless nights of mini research led me to conclude: I will design, gather materials as cheap (yeah right) as possible and build my own coop. Now my job requires me to work 50-55 hours a week that requires traveling often, considering of my lack of knowledge about building and construction of anything also I don’t own any tools except a screw driver and a hammer that my wife’s aunt gave us as a wedding gift. So might take a long time to build with my inexperience. To make long story short, I doodled a couple design for coop, copied a few features here in there and end up calling it a cape cod garden shed/coop. In case chicken doesn’t work out I can convert it to a shed or even to our kids play house or the mowers parking spot.


    I decided on 10x12 and 10’ high coop with lots of windows and multiple doors. I’ve checked on prefab doors but way over my budget so are the windows. So I ended up watching YouTube over and over on how to make doors, and found 4 windows online for minimal $$. Here’s when I first started the project that’s been evolving almost every season.


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    What did I got myself into?

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    Learning as I go, never knew there’s so much detail to making doors and windows frame cutout.
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    Decided to insulate from cold and or heat

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    Now interior walls and vinyl protection for easy cleanup

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    Almost forgot the pop door before putting the FRP liners

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    *Garden was neglected since am working on the coop and run

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    I decided a quick place to park their Eggs, after all I might used them garden pots for tomatoes

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    Another quick ideas that came up before I fly to another city for few days.



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    Added more roof to the run, the half roof doesn’t cut it.


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    And the Expensive Rewards of Hard Labor

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    Spartan22
    An Accidental Chicken Owner with zero experience with chicken or any livestock.

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