We are at the halfway mark of our coop build!
Roofing - commercial roofing in red to match our existing shed that the hubs built about 2 years ago. This helps to make the coop look like an extension of the shed....sorta like we planned this. And if for some reason we decide keeping chickens is no longer for us, the overhang can be used to store firewood under, keeping it dry!
Hubs is building this coop from plans in his brain. Nothing written down, all mental calculations. He can do this because he is awesome at building stuff.
the coop floor
the coop floor with the plywood down as well as the linoleum. We nailed it down so that if we ever needed to change it, removing nails would be easier than trying to pull it up after glueing it down.
Side view of the coop with the flooring down
Front of coop with the 'siding' on, prior to cutting out the windows and the coop door. The siding was free and is actually an upcycle - it was originally a packaging crate for construction materials. It is tongue & groove, so this saves the hubs from having to put battens on all the seams! He'll put them on the edges though so that we can paint them to make it all fancy like.
Nesting box pre-lid. There will also be a window cut out above the nesting box for more ventilation.
front of coop with the windows and chicken door cut out, chicken wired, and framed!
Interior of chicken coop - what the ladies will see, plus the coop door installed. Once we get electric hooked up out here, i'm getting an automatic door opener. I don't want to get up at 6am on the weekends!
The siding for the coop was free, the linoleum free, and some of the support wood/plywood was stuff we had around leftover from other projects. The roofing was $80 - and we ended up being able to make the coop bigger because the sheet they had on top to protect the roofing was undamaged, and also red! Add in the cost for hardware, chicken wire, and the additional wood needed to build this, and we are under $300. Hubs will probably be able to even return some 2x6's! Next up is getting the nesting box lid finished, siding the back and creating two big doors for easy cleaning, roosts, and fencing in the run. More pictures to come!
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