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The Purple Ranchette

By pandorasun6, Apr 13, 2012 | | |
  1. pandorasun6
    When I started looking into building a coop, I went on Freecycle and found someone with a used coop, broken down into boards and wire and green corrugated fiberglass panels. Along with scraps from remodeling our kitchen and tearing our a wall of cedar tongue and groove panelling, old futon frames and a bunkbed ladder and left over living room wall paint, I created a small backyard coop of all recycled and/or free materials in Charlottesville, VA. It is not complete and will be changing as the our chickies grow, depending on how many females I actually have!


    1. I began with 2 old fence posts and 2 x 4's for the floor and frame, creating a house on skids for easy (or not-so-easy because it is very heavy) moving.

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    2. I built a nesting box suitable for 4 hens but will probably be adding another one to the back side soon. Also am going to remove the lowest back panel and reattach with hinges and a latch so I can rake out the bottom of the coop to clean it.


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    3. nearly completed coop, complete with a window box for flowers, outdoor perch.
    Futon frame built in to hang feeder/waterer from.


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    4. windows are made from old cabinet doors made to fit flush inside their frame

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    5.Attached the fiberglass panels and put the little ones to work!
    ("mommy? am I gonna get messy?"-from my 8 yr old son before asking if he could go play video games... 10 yr old daughter painted diligently)

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    6. Outside painted, front frame half built...outdoor pen to in progress...!!! more to come..

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    ....Babies in the brooding box (rabbit hutch) in my living room 4/10/12

    Americauna's, Barred Plymouth Rock, Polish (and 4 call ducklings)

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    ....MORE TO COME AS I ENCLOSE THE PEN, ATTACH a SPRING FEEDER and WATERER WITH CHICKEN NIPPLE CUPS and MOVE THE BABIES OUT OF THE BROODING BOX!! (4/13/12)....


    Thanks for checking out my purple ranchette!

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  1. Stumpy
    Fantastic! I love recycled coops.
  2. judyki2004
    I'll be waiting to see how it came out, so far I love the color combination... we dont know how many hens you will have but dont worry much making many nests as they usually love to share just one... I heard one is enough for 5. Are you planing to keep ducks & hens together? I guess is possible as long as you provide the ducks a "pool" to swim :O)

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