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The Security Vault

By ImissBuford, Aug 25, 2012 | Updated: Aug 25, 2012 | | |
  1. ImissBuford
    Describe 'THE SECURITY VAULT' here

    I wanted to build an economical hawk, and predator proof coop and run for my 6 ladies. I knew I wanted a raised concrete pad floor for the coop, and a fully enclosed welded wire run, as I have many hawks in my area. Flooding was also a concern as springtime rains often leave standing water on my property.
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    This was totally a one man build. I had no help, [​IMG] Not even a hand holding a stick of wood !


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    It's a freestyle build, no real plans, just some rough sketches, and pictures in my head. The coop is 8 ft. x 4 ft. plus
    The Tyvek Housewrap is fairly expensive, but I had this left over from a previous home improvement.

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    I'm especially proud of my idea for cheap siding. I used standard 6 foot treated "dog ear " fence pickets, cut the dog ear end off, and used a "board, and batten" design.....I ripped the same fence pickets for the batten strips. I paid $1.28 plus tax for each picket, available at any big home improvement store.

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    Secure doors and windows were very important to me, I have hefty hinges, and bolt locks on all the windows and doors, hardware cloth screened windows of course, and the shutters and doors are framed so the frame sets inside the window and door openings.

    I used a total of 100 ft x 3 ft. welded wire ( $ 60.00 @ Lowes ) in the 9 ft x 12 ft. run secured with hammered poultry staples, Landscape timbers as the base of the run, secured with driven half inch rebar stakes thru drilled holes in the timbers. 4"x 4" posts in concrete.......And 2" x 4" 's ran across the run roof @ about 29 inches apart, just to support the hawk proof " dive bomb " wire on top.


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    I still have to bury hardware mesh, and secure it to the landscape timbers, to prevent a predator from burrowing under the run, but the coop's concrete floor is burrow proof, and a scratching chicken's nail file...lol

    I have a 15 amp GFCI wired for light, and a water heater, in the coop.
    I still have to build nesting boxes, a ramp down from the chicken door into the run, and stage a walk up to their perches inside the coop.
    My 6 girls are only 10 weeks old now, they are still agile enough to jump here and there, but I'll make it nice and easy for them soon......As I anticipate my ladies will soon be fat butted egg layers.

    I painted the interior white, mainly just for ease of cleaning.

    I hope you like my coop, and I hope this may help someone with an idea, or inspiration.


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    It's hard to give an exact cost of my coop and run, as I had a lot of materials on hand. But I would say $ 500.00 to $ 600.00 is in the ballpark.
    I will say please do not under estimate the cost of good quality exterior screws and nails, especially for the treated / exposed lumber......5 pounds of good nails or screws will run you $20.00 to $30.00......and you will need a lot more varieties, and sizes than you may think.

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  1. ladyearth
    nice looking. but if I were doing would add 1/2 hdwe cloth over the lower wire
    I locally priced 1/2 inch hwe cloth here was around $100 for a 100 ft roll 3 or 4 ft wide...I ended up buying 50 foot rolls ..easier to handle
    cause weasel, small birds etc can get thru that welded wire...
    just also do you have plenty of top ventilation???
    wish we had more in ther"truck topper "coop esp in hot summer...
    Nice looking professional looking too
  2. 2eggsfried
    Great looking coop, lucky girls :).
  3. lovechicks1293
    looks awesome! great job
  4. sumi
    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
  5. Sally Sunshine
    U got skill!
  6. ImissBuford
    Thank you...The run, and coop fit within my budget, It was the type, and style of exterior siding which I could just not justify the cost for a chicken coop.
    It had been awhile since I had purchased siding of any sort, and I was suprised to find even " T- 111 " going for almost $ 30.00 for an 8' x 4' sheet......So I most wanted to share with people who may look at this, my idea of using standard dog ear fence pickets for a board and batten siding alternative.....$ 1.30 per stick is hard to beat.
    I looked at my receipts, and I have about $85.00 in siding lumber costs, just because they are fence pickets, does not mean you can only use them for fences, sure you will need to select the straightest, and less warped at the store, but using these saved me a lot of money, and I would hope others looking into building a coop at least consider this option, they can be painted, stained or whatever, and if you don't know how to do a " Board, and Batten "....just look it up........It does take some math skills, but if I can do it you can too.
  7. mg15
    The coop is fantastic.
  8. The Old Yolks
    I love your coop! Excellent work.
  9. sezjasper
    This looks terrific--your girls are lucky, and you are a very talented carpenter!

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