Rural Rehatch

By buttercup hill · Aug 13, 2012 · Updated Oct 17, 2012 · ·
  1. buttercup hill
    ~ Welcome to Buttercup Hill and my 8x8 coop with yard ~


    Building a functional home for your flock doesn't have to cost much. If you know someone in the wood reclaiming business
    don't be afraid to ask if they have any unmarketable material you could get cheap or for free. My coop is an example of using
    this method in combination with as many other materials I had on hand that could be reused.
    My total cost after purchasing the stain to paint it was under $120.

    Materials for this 8’x8’ coop:
    Foundation corner stones- from an old barn that was torn down.
    Floor posts – 6 pieces cut from an old barn beam.
    Frame and Floor - used plywood and 2 x 4’s.
    Roof joists – used pallet wood rescued from a burn pile.
    Outer shell and trim- old barn wood and slats from the walls of an old house that was torn down.
    Door – from a cabin that was demo’ed.
    Roofing - discarded galvanized and tin roofing (a bit rusty and holey, but a spray of rustoleum paint and some dabs of liquid nails fixed that).
    Skirting – tin roofing.
    Old window frames.
    The yard (6’ x 12’) was made using old landscaping ties for posts, barn wood to brace.

    Purchased new: hardware cloth, 50ft. poultry wire, fencing staples. ***one saw blade (see note at conclusion).

    I wanted a walk-in style coop and yard. Since I live in a windy area, I started by making sure
    the location I selected was sheltered from the brunt of winter storms. Window placement assures
    maximum winter sun.

    The plans for my coop was simply my ideas jotted onto a piece of paper.

    The first chore with using reclaimed wood is getting the wood ready for use. That means pulling
    all nails from the wood and cutting away any unusable sections. Stacking by similar length
    and width saves you from digging through an unorganized pile for what you need.

    And now the project begins:

    After building a square frame for the floor and measuring the height needed for the base posts,
    the barn beam was cut to the needed post sizes and attached.
    Next, the frame was placed on the 6 foundation stones and leveled.
    Then, plywood was added for the flooring and the wall frames were constructed with 2x4's and screwed into place.
    Next, two walls were boarded to add stability to the structure. Then the pallet wood roof joists were installed, as it's
    early summer and showers can happen unexpectedly. This makes it easy to toss a covering across the overhead beams
    to protect the flooring from getting drenched.

    The other two walls were boarded and a pop door crafted on the side where the
    yard will be.

    I wanted big windows for plenty of ventilation in summer and lots of sunshine
    in the winter months. The salvaged window panes shown here were fitted with
    hardware cloth for use in summer. Predators out, cool summer breeze in.
    For winter a glass-paned window saved from a demo'ed house will fit the frame
    on the left perfectly.

    For the yard, landscaping ties were buried 2 feet into the ground, leveled, and braced
    with gravel. The top was then framed and slatted with pallet wood for roofing.

    The bottom boards were buried to deter digging predators. For the yard door we just used
    plywood since it was some extra material we had on hand. Poultry wire was stapled to the
    outside of the landscaping ties and the brace boards to complete the yard.

    Two 25 ft by 4 ft rolls is all it took. Roofing is salvaged galvanized corrugated tin. I was about
    2 inches shy of tin material, so I made quick use of an unused section of gutter left from downspouting
    my front porch. Fashioning an end cap with it to cover the gap worked like a charm! Two perches
    were added in the far corners of the yard and a dusting pit of fine dirt, sand and DE.

    In the back of the coop a hatch door was added. It is level with the floor inside and swings
    up for super easy cleaning. I left the wall stud in place, as a shovel fits through on either
    side of the stud just fine.

    The base was skirted with small pieces of what was left of the tin roofing. It is buried about a
    foot into the ground and nailed to the base. A few extra boards were added to the back, under
    the roosting area, to allow some extra warmth.

    Inside the coop:

    Roost of 2x4's and a smaller one in back for my little Buttercup hens.

    *Update: I found the roost boards needed to be lowered a bit as my larger breed hens
    got bigger and heavier. Twenty-five to thirty inches seems to be ideal for larger breeds.

    I now use straw for floor cover. It's b-r-e-e-z-y here on Buttercup Hill, as a pine chip
    littered yard doesn't look so good. The weight of the straw keeps it inside the coop where
    it belongs when I open the coop door :)

    Nesting boxes were made from scratch. No plans, I just winged it with plywood
    and a vision. It's pretty much a box divided into eight 12x12 nests, mounted on
    a pallet then attached to the wall studs.

    The roof of the nest box is angled to prevent the chickens from roosting on it.
    It is set lower than the roosts, too.

    Inside view of pop door. We used eye hooks to run a nylon rope to a hole
    drilled through the front of the coop. The door is just a piece of board weighted
    with a smaller piece of wood that also serves to stabilize the movement in the
    simple slotted frame.

    Shown here newly completed prior to staining the wood.
    My flock seems to be very pleased with their new home.

    All finished with a nice coat of tinted stain to protect the wood.

    I also did a bit of paint trim in black to the window frames, hinges,
    and door pull. I'd like to replace the door turns with heavy duty
    vintage latches sometime soon.

    This project was quite fun in the making. A heads up though! You have to be diligent in removing
    nails from reclaimed wood before you cut it, or you'll end up with a dulled or broken blade and a
    spark show that rivals Independence Day.

    ***So, um, you can probably scratch that new saw blade purchase off your own list. Unfortunately,
    my list required it.


    Also be mindful that some boards from reclaimed stock may have odd edges or curvature that won't
    fit tightly together. This is why the slat strips came in handy for the outside. Too drafty isn't good for your
    I don't think there's anything I would change about my coop now that it's finally finished. It's rustic
    looking, has all the functionality I wanted for my birds, was very affordable, and it's nice to know that
    new life was hatched from materials destined to be tossed.

    ~Thank you for viewing my coop project~

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    Enjoyed reading your progress story in building your coop and run using mostly salvaged, recycled materials. Very smart!
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  1. Hholly
    So cool! Thanks for sharing!
  2. TLHloveschicks
    This is great...this is the coop my husband is going to build me. Thanks so much for posting!:wee:goodpost:
  3. DavieRN
    thats awesome!! i wish i had though of that instead of going to home depot and buying a bunch of treated wood!!
  4. SavageChicken
    What a beautiful coop! The stain makes such a huge difference. You did an awesome job! :thumbsup
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  5. jeannem
    Awesome coop, I like the way you think, using reclaimed stuff.
  6. shawluvsbirds
    Very nice! Luv repurposed things !
  7. tyster19
    how many chickens do you have ?:caf:goodpost:
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  8. OneLuckeyWife
    Now that's a coop!
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  9. ECarter1217
    looks great love the idea
  10. Abriana
    Beautiful flock and coop
  11. SunHwaKwon
    Very, very nice! I would do a larger run but I love the overall setup and look, and the use of reclaimed materials.
  12. Didi84
    My coop was built with repreposed wood from my old house the only thing that cost me money was the wire and posts
  13. willzpapa
    I really like the vintage board and batten siding ,and the reclamation is great .
  14. GlennLee
    Love your coop and it looks like you put in everything you wanted and needed. The style is great and it's so functional. Thank you for taking the time to share.
  15. N F C
    Good looking coop!
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  16. Marylani
    love it! this is the style I'm looking for!
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  17. toodlesmom
    Beautiful coop! Love the look and eco-sensitivity of the reused wood and tin,
  18. Pollo_Loco
    Good advise about looking for a DEAL on lumber. Never know what you might find.
    Awsome coop design! This is a very good article.We have been trying to figure out how to make afuncional but cheap coop.This is a good article for people just starting out.
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  20. buttercup hill
    JJchiknshak, I currently have 19. I recently aquired two silkies that prefer sleeping on the floor but there is plenty of space left on the roost should they decide to sleep with the others. I plan to thin my number of roosters when the weather gets too cold to free range them.
  21. buttercup hill
    JoeG., I used a stain called 'Flood' in color cedar. I'm very pleased with the color result and the water repellant quality.
  22. buttercup hill
    Thank you for your kind comments everyone :)
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  23. Mr MKK FARMS
    Cool chicken coop!
  24. kilby
    Love what you did. The darker color will also absorb heat a little when you get wind chill and cold winter temps.
    I re purposed an architect's scroll cabinet from a flea market for $10. Set it up off the cold cement of the carport with some unused fence posts. cut out the shelves, Laid it on it's side. Added a stoop which they don't use anyway, feeder, and shavings, ceramic bulb and thermostat plug. Suits four chickens. Before the two newer chicks I had them in the rabbit hutch which became vacant.
    I don't want to bring anymore materials to my place than I already have heh heh. I also tore off the backing and made a vertical hinged door which is their front door. I use the front doors of the original to clean the back half. They should be warm and safe for the winter as usual.
  25. adgcountrygirl
    Beautifully done!!!
  26. new chick 203
    That's one of the best examples of what you can do with re-cycled / reclaimed materials I've seen. Good job!
  27. sunnyvera
    Your coop is amazing. This just shows how functional you can be on the "cheep" with some basic carpenter skills. What is nice, the chickies would not care what it looked like anyway, but your place is very attractive. No matter where you lived, no neighbor could complain about the looks. Great job.
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  28. hartsfarm
    Great Job. Recycling can be a little more work BUT it always has a payback saving $$$$$:}
  29. JJchiknshak
    How many birds do you keep in there?
  30. Joe.G
    WHat color did you stain it and what type of stain did you use?
  31. laul28
    Really nice!
  32. myfivegirls
    Great job! I love being able to recycle wood, and the stain makes it look great!
    There are several old barns falling down that I'd love to salvage some wood from.
    Most of the materials used for my coops were recycled, too.
  33. jrosemoore
    absolutely amazing. A wee bit envious in fact. Wish I could do this!
  34. longlegz86
    Awesome! I cant wait to make mine from pallets. I hope it will look as good as this one does!
  35. willowbranchfarm
    Awesome coop. Great job!!!
  36. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  37. Brucepierce
    I'm going to lift your color scheme if you don't mind...Love your coop.
  38. Sally Sunshine
  39. bug fead
    Nice to see other examples of recycling and doing it on the cheap. I had a lot of fun winging mine together out of land fill bound materials. Good job!
  40. ChickInDelight
    Love the natural wood! That is top drawer!
  41. Stumpy
    I really like your coop. I love to see old wood reused. It involves more work sometimes, but is really satisfying.
  42. judyki2004
    It look very nice & neat and very functional!!! I like the various wood tones but may consider some varnish or stain to enhance it & protect it from the elements! Great job!
  43. chickoni
    Really nice! Can someone direct me to an example of one made of pallets? I'm curious about that. Thanks!
  44. buttercup hill
    Thank you. I considered an old fashioned lime wash paint job, but for now I like to look at the various grains and textures of the wood and wonder how old they are. There's oak, poplar, pine, maple, cherry, chestnut and others in the mix. I had a grand total of $78 in materials for this project.
  45. JessicaEm
    I like it! It looks really nice!
  46. paridisefarm2009
    Beautiful !! Great Job reusing .. Mine is of pallets ,

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