build your own or pre-fab?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rynanne, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. rynanne

    rynanne Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    Ok, I'm looking at web pages and catalogs and reading every book my library has on building coops. I'm not very handy, so I worry about the safety/security/etc of the coop should I build it. Am I over thinking it? or do people find that pre-fab work really well?


    I will have 4-6 bantams and have a VERY small back yard.
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Build your own.

    You can do it.
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Yes I agree. The bought coops never have enough space for the run.
  4. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    My Coop
    Yes I third that - Build your own. There are many designs you can get many ideas from. Take some time to browse through them and I am sure something will start to take shape in your thoughts.

    Thats what I did and I built my own for the very first time and I am very pleased at what I constructed. You can view the steps and the fiished product on my BYC Page.

    Good Luck and if you ever need more advice, you are in the right place.
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    You'll still have to put it together. Just make your own [​IMG] I never did anything like that before, and it wasn't all that difficult.
  6. rynanne

    rynanne Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    Thanks for all the encouragement!

    I've got all winter, I'll just have to put my head to it and go at it!

  7. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    yup build your own plus it will be way cheaper too.
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Quote:First thoughts should be size (how many birds will I ultimately have?),
    location (no low spots, is exposure to sun/wind important)
    foundation (slab, dirt, stilts and if stilts does it float or below frost line)
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  9. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2011
    My Coop
    Be sure to have a solid plan together before you start building. You can easily get sidetracked once work begins. Take everything into consideration. How many chickens, the winter months, the summer months, what type of bedding, ventilation, egg collecting, etc.
  10. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Another item to add to the list of needed thoughts -

    How tall am I?! I build my coop for my height. My husband is taller and the times he has to go into the coop, he invariably hits his head on a rafter - as I built it for ME to go into! And now, we're looking at the deep litter method for litter management, which means the rafters will be 6-12" CLOSER to MY head too! Whoops!

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