Building my first coop all recycled (pics) Updated 1st post 4/18

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Emmalion, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Old nest boxes out of a old coop that we burned last year
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    Finally moved them in today. Still some exterior finishing to do and minor things to add but it is now in use. [​IMG]
    Got the roof on friday after 33 hours of working
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    Saturday was fence day. I ventured to TSC for more feed and to check their prices on fence and [​IMG] I went to home depot and picked up 5'x50' 2x4" wire for $45. They are secured to metal panels from our old cows.
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    My makeshift gate to get into the run
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    Roosts all painted up
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    Nesting boxes painted as well.
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    All that is left is to get more hardwire cloth to run on the bottom of the wire for the run and some battons for the outside. [​IMG]


    last two walls are up. I get some ice and water shield for the roof tomorrow so I should be just about done by the end of the week. [​IMG]

    Almost done.... Everyday I have had off in the past month has seemed to rain. Ugh [​IMG] weather

    I framed out the floor on Saturday and its approx 6'x8' it was built to suit the floor pieces. All wood is from our stock pile of home made boards

    The floor is 4 pieces of wood that came with the pallets for the bonfire. They are 2 inches thick and in very great shape for free wood.

    All concrete blocks were from around the farm

    I have multiple windows around and a door that has been in a basement at my grandfathers for quite a few years. Some windows are off an old van that got scrapped for the metal. [​IMG]

    I have it raised off the ground due to the spring water build up. Plan on putting some wire cloth around the bottom for the chickens to go under in the hot summer sun. The area was picked for winter access, easy electricity, shade in the summer, and sun in the winter. All water runs away from the coop area it just stays a little wet after long periods of rain and the spring melt down.

    They will have their own run fully enclosed and evil dog proof for when I am at work. They will also have a nice access door for when I let them free range when I am home.

    I am so excited that I got this far and with the snow today I didn't think I was going to get the base down. Nothing is secured yet because I have to pick up the hard wire cloth before I secure the floor down to the frame.

    I just had to share Hope you enjoy my adventure as much as I am. My obsession is taking form. [​IMG]

    Ohh BTW I want to paint it John Deere colors [​IMG]

    I will post more Pics along the way.
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It's wonderful to build one from what's already around, isn't it? We spent almost nothing to build ours for this reason.

    How cool to have homemade boards. Wow.
     
  3. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My uncle actually built my house you can see it in the background. He used to have his own little lumber mill on the property so I have a ton of wood hanging around. I can't wait to start framing up the exterior. I hope for wednesday to be nice enough to start. [​IMG]
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Looking good. I'm a person who loves recycling everything and anything.

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    Keep us posted.
     
  5. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love it! We are modifying a shed with as much stuff as we can find around our property. My dad built our house and sheds and lived here for 28 years, so he left a few things around. [​IMG] Great to know people who hoard useful things!
     
  6. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just scored 4 pieces of plywood from my friends
     
  7. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 3 and on s roll. Thanks to the weather holding out.
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    My helper who decided all the screws needed to be knocked over into the leaves [​IMG]
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    More tomorrow I hope. On to the framing [​IMG]
     
  8. StephanieD

    StephanieD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking good! And it looks cold..bbrrrr.
     
  9. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As for the weather it hit 65 here today with a not so cold wind. But it will cool off again tomorrow back down into the 40's. But that is not stopping me [​IMG]
     
  10. Emmalion

    Emmalion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Who knew framing a wall was so hard? Man it sure looks easier on TV.

    Not quite finished with wall one as I am running out of sunlight and omph!

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    The squares on the sides are for two windows and the middle is the huge door. [​IMG] I hope to have more done by the middle of the week. Thats if I can get some help. I'm not sure I can stand these walls up on my own [​IMG]
     

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