Beginning coop construction...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beautifulpirate, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. beautifulpirate

    beautifulpirate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to post here so we can semi- documentthe process. I've spent the better part of a couple months researching what chickens need in regards to their coop and run, in order for them to be safe, healthy and happy. I started out sketching design ideas. And the more I learned, the more those sketches changed. I've had a few drafts before this point. I'm the daughter of a carpenter so have been the head of he design and instructing my husband how we will build. He is in charge of the power tools and heavy lifting haha. I suspect we are over building and it isn't cheap but like I said, daughter of a carpenter. I couldn't justify not doing it the best that we could. So while I am happy to share this experience and any knowledge we have with anyone, I can'tguarantee you'll want to follow our examples if you are looking for cheap haha.

    These sketches still aren't final. As I began to draft out the stud alignments, I realized some of the things I had envisioned weren't cost effective or feasible with our building experience so things are still changing, even though we have started construction.

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    We are using 2 * 4s for the framing. The entire structure will give our six birds 24 square foot. We are building a raised coop and for that we are still deciding if the underneath will serve as storage or additional run space.

    Here we began by framing the floor. We are using 16" on center studs for the floor and walls. We probably could have gotten away with 24" centers but the structure wouldn'tbe as strong. We get such high winds in the spring and so, stronger is better. Additionally, we could justify a thinner plywood sheathing with stronger stud placement, which saved us more money than going the route of wider stud placement and heavier sheathing.

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    And why my husband is in charge of heavy lifting. I attempted moving too much plywood and dropped five sheets on my leg... Excuse the hairy leg lol, its still jeans weather here haha

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    Once I was finished whining from that, I walked out to see my hubbs had used clamps and the level to get the 4*4 posts on.

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    Then I painted the legs white before we put them in the ground. The legs were four foot tall but we put them down in the ground about 18" in. We dug holes with a post hole digger, about 2 foot down and filled in with some gravel, to ensure drainage so water would better drain away from the bottom of the posts and further prevent rot. After getting he base in and making sure the whole thing was level, we filled the rest of the holes in with a mixture of gravel and the dirt we pulled from the holes. Concrete would have been stronger but we may want to grow our flock later and it might mean moving the structure or replacing it with a larger one later. Digging up concreted posts is a pain.

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    Then the hubbs used 1/2" plywood for the floor.
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    We will work on framing the walls today as we can. We have two small children and no fenced yard (next project on the list) so we suspect we will work on it for a week or two. I will post more as we get more accomplished.
     
  2. ksguy

    ksguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking great! Take care of that leg!
     
  3. beautifulpirate

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    Framed three of the walls today. Also added hardware cloth to the framed window spaces. The hardware cloth will be sandwiched between the framing and the plywood siding eventually.

    This will be the front wall with the pop door and two windows.
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    This is the rear wall. Two more windows and a large clean out door.
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    One of the side walls. This one will have two windows and also has the space to attach the external nesting boxes...
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  4. beautifulpirate

    beautifulpirate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another update with pictures.

    Three walls mounted here...
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    Last wall going up...

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    Starting the roof framing. I have to admit, I had way more fun doing the math for this than I should have. I love geometry and numbers, but especially geometry. I'm like a giddy school girl over this stuff haha.
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    And of course, the coop was turned into a "toddler jail". Just add toddler.
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    The husbands presence was necessary too...
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    Hoping we can get some more done tomorrow but both the husband and I feel a little like we might be coming down with something. [​IMG]
     
  5. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's looking good!!
     
  6. beautifulpirate

    beautifulpirate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! We are thrilled with it and mildly addicted to working on it together haha.
     
  7. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it is. My wife and I have worked together on many projects on our property. We love it! We are currently building a coop as well.
     
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    Yeah, I ran across your coop thread earlier. The hubbs and I keep joking that once this project is over, we will have to find another one or else we'll be miserable with nothing to do haha.
     
  9. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cheryl and I have worked on many, many projects together. We've been together for 31 years and on this property for 23. The marriage that projects together stays together. [​IMG]

    We love to hang out with each other and we're workaholics.
     
  10. beautifulpirate

    beautifulpirate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's amazing! We are going on ten years marriage. We just bought our property last May and it needs a LOT, and I mean a LOT of work. We will get there though.
     

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