And I repeat....I'm not a builder! It is finished!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WestKnollAmy, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    But I thought I needed to build a swanky new tractor for my beautiful white Araucanas so off I went.
    I didn't bang my thumb as much this time and I had several drills with different attachments so it has gone faster but still, I haven't squared anything.
    DH just laughs at me as he is building his "so perfect!"
    I still have a few things to finish on this one but I thought I would go ahead with the pix to let you see where I have gotten in a short time. And I must say, though I haven't done a much better job on this one, I did learn a lot from the last big red contraption I built.
    Hey, like the colors?

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    I attached what I thought would be the frame. Oh, it looks easy enough on paper but I knew not to be fooled by that!

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    I started putting it all together. The chickens learned a few new choice words. It just can't be easy, can it?
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    Ran out of yellow paint and had to use the stuff left over from the house shutters. Hey, I think it looks okay together. I really did not want to drive back into town for more yellow paint!

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    I thought I did pretty good by using the scrap pieces as wedge placements. It made it a bit more sturdy.

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    I put the roost in the middle. That way I could put the food near the door and the nest box at the back.
    Really, now do you see a pattern where I don't build things well. Even with plans!

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    I wanted a half door so I could open it and not have to reach in too far. I am short and didn't want a door on the end where I may have to crawl halfway through this thing.

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    It is approximately 10 ft long and 4 ft wide. I wanted to use skids but mine didn't turn out very well. Though when it was only a fame I was able to push it around very easily!
    I plan to put hardware cloth on it and the PVC corrugated roofing across the coop top and most of the run top. Two sheets look like it will do it.

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    I need to put a door on the side. I always forget that! And doors are really difficult for me.
    Except this back door. It turned out well, I thought!

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    I was even able to put that vent in there! Okay, DH had to help with that just a tinny bit!
    But look what I have done so far! It is so much fun!

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  2. derby

    derby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's just great! I hope one day I can build something by myself.


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  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Go you! That looks great!

    You ARE a builder! [​IMG]
     
  4. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Swedish colors, love em!
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Thanks!
    I really am not very good at building. I get ideas, they seem really good in my head and I can put them on paper okay but then when i start building nothing turns out like I actually planned.
    Well, like this air flow vent I decided to allow at the top. It will be inside the wire run part and the PVC corrugated roofing will be over it so I figured it was okay to leave a big gap like that for some air circulation. The winters don't get very cold so I am not worried about heat loss overly much.
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    More photos to come!
     
  6. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You go girl! I'm proud of you!
     
  7. dutchman

    dutchman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You did a great job, you should be very proud of you'r self. Dutchman
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks fabulus.What kind f vent do yo use? I thought about using a vent/duct that i can open an close manually.
     
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I use a vent I bought at Lowe's for about $7. It has a little thumb tab to push it open on the inside but the outside the vents are sloped down so the rain will shed off.
    Wasn't hard to install (with a bit of help from hubby) and 4 screws hold it in place. We did drill 2 extra holes because it only had two.
    I really like it! There were many to chose from but this one seemed better for what I had in mind.
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  10. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're doing an excellent job. I don't have the guts to even try something like that by myself. [​IMG] I do hope you plan to cover the vent gap you left with hardware cloth or something to keep the little critters out. Metal window screen works well, too.

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