7 Heavenly Hens GARDEN - Coop construction (Wichita Cabin coop inspired)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sam3 Abq, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it's time to start "doing" and move on from "talking". Our family made some commitments to change a few things in our household back in early fall. One of the outcomes of that was a commitment to start raising "backyard chickens". Our only pets at the time were some fish in a tank, some goldfish in our outdoor pond and one Westie named BINGO. We were on our way to acquiring some new "pets".
    This thread will document our journey of building our Urban Homestead chicken coop. I am looking forward to comments, critiques and constructive criticism - ok , any comments will do, just don't bash my Dallas Cowboys ;) ~Sam

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    To give you some context, here is a rendering I produced back in December 2013 , of our plans for our Urban Homestead . Most of the elements and their placement are set but there is some wiggle room here and there. Currently there are only a few trees, one of the compost bins and a storage shed that will be sold off. The flagstone patio is installed too.

    Post 01 from 2/1/14
    Here is the work we completed on our foundation for the coop this weekend.
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    CMU block and 2" pavers.

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    One last look before we get going.

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    We had already moved a lot of dirt to the coop area to build up for positive drainage so there was not a lot of digging down for the foundation level.

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    Everyone got into helping out.

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    The back starter course is all set - lunch break.

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    And they're all set. One little hiccup encountered but nothing we couldn't correct before setting the pavers next.

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    Needed some "weight" to set our finished foundation.

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    Ready for framing to start next Friday.

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    One last inspection.
     
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  2. lismarc

    lismarc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW... LOOKS GREAT SO FAR!!! keep the updates coming.. always fun when the kids help. [​IMG]
     
  3. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks ! They helped a lot :)
     
  4. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Progress photos from 2/8/14:
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  5. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Progress photos from 2/17/14:

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  6. lismarc

    lismarc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lookin' good!!!
     
  7. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the kudo :)
     
  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I admire the well thought out plan, looks like it will be quite a nice coop when completed. You have quite the expansive plans, how much land?
     
  9. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're located on the edge of Downtown Albuquerque - 1/14 of an acre. We researched and looked at lots of coops and decided the Wichita Cabin Coop was for us. We'll show some of the modifications we're going to employ bur for the most part it's a WCC. We'll be doing some splashes of color on it too. We're excited for the chicks to arrive in early April :)
    Thanks for the feedback !
     
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Well your definitely making use of it. Love to see the progress..
     
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