Britney's first journey on coop building

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bbrierly, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. bbrierly

    bbrierly Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    33
    Feb 19, 2016
    Judsonia, Arkansas
    I bought a home in October of 2015. Out in the country of little town called Judsonia, AR. My house sits on little over a acre and I love it. My little slice of Paradise.

    I decided I wanted chickens in November. I knew free ranged was out the question bc I live on a corner lot and people don't know how to spay and neuter their pets.

    I wanted to use to thread to document my coop building. My coop will actually be a shed that was on the property. Pictured below... I have since taken down the chain link fence. But you can see the shed in the back ( only complaint is its a bit close to the house but does have electricity ran to it ) [​IMG]


    I started cleaning out the shed for my first project... I ordered chicks that will be here on April 11th so I have the time to ponder on ideas. This is me cleaning out the shed and all the stuff. We ended up putting chicken wire over the windows bc it originally had broken glass . [​IMG]

    Since then I have made the chicken boxes... Well I guess buckets :) I will be putting a two by four up about two feet for them to jump on then into the "buckets" . [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I now have dug out around the run area to be able to frame and put up fencing around it. I will be buying the two by Fours today at Lowe's. Hopefully tomorrow we will have the run done :) here is a pic of just the run area with no fencing yet :)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Finally... I have started buying stuff for my chicks that will be arriving in the next month and half. Couldn't resist. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to use for a brooding container... Any ideas?

    [​IMG]

    I still have plenty to do, and I'll update on this thread of my progress.. Hopefully we will have the run done by the end of the day tomorrow. Then I just have to figure out roost.

    Thanks for reading :)
     
  2. letitiah81

    letitiah81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    33
    4
    54
    Oct 3, 2015
    How many chicks will you be getting?
     
  3. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    3,047
    325
    321
    Apr 20, 2007
    It really depends on how many you will have. I always use a rubbermaid container but I've never gotten over 6. An old playpen, a swimming pool but they will soon fly out of a pool.

    Good luck with your building it's going to be nice.
     
  4. DogCatChickMom

    DogCatChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    65
    20
    56
    Feb 8, 2016
    Centertown, MO
    Well hey girl! I just bought my house in October too! I just almost finished my coop and we are getting our chicks in a few days! I will be using a large box for mine for a few weeks. I'm super excited. Your coop looks good ;)
     
  5. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,965
    290
    148
    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I started brooding in a plastic swimming pool. When they started to fly out of that, I built walls out of cardboard moving boxes and duct tape, put some styrofoam board on the floor (basement, the floor is very cold), covered it with a tarp, then added shavings on top of that. My brooder is now 5x5 with 3' walls and cost maybe $15 because of the styrofoam. I cut a little dutch door top in one side (secured with a pinch clamp) for me to get in/out. I can sit on a stool in the "doorway" and watch chicken TV and hand out treats. There is a kitty litter box full of builders sand for grit and dust bathing, a 2x2 perch raised on bricks for roosting if they want, and the heat lamp is attached to a 2x4 hanging from a floor joist overhead.

    I could have just attached the cardboard to the swimming pool to raise the wall height, but my way gave them much more room.

    I like your shed and am a bit envious of it! I'm building from scratch instead.
     
  6. bbrierly

    bbrierly Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    33
    Feb 19, 2016
    Judsonia, Arkansas
    Thanks for all the replies. I'll be getting 15 of them ... Well plus the free one so 16..._as long as there isn't extra packing peanuts lol :p
     
  7. bbrierly

    bbrierly Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    33
    Feb 19, 2016
    Judsonia, Arkansas
    I just bought the 2 by 4s this afternoon.. Tomorrow is going to be a busy Sunday
     
  8. bbrierly

    bbrierly Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    33
    Feb 19, 2016
    Judsonia, Arkansas
    Painted the 2 by 4's .

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. bbrierly

    bbrierly Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    33
    Feb 19, 2016
    Judsonia, Arkansas
    So started the frame of the run. Thought we had enough wood to do all of it but I guess I shorted myself :( so next weekend we will finish it up and put the fencing around it :)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  10. bbrierly

    bbrierly Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    33
    Feb 19, 2016
    Judsonia, Arkansas
    Finished the frame[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by