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Chicken Palace Construction

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chewy352, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. chewy352

    chewy352 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our chicken experiment began last summer with 4 free range Golden Comets and a $50 budget for a coop. Now thanks to tax returns we have 17 Australorps and 6 White Silkie chicks in the spare bedroom and the race to complete their palace is on.

    Day One
    12 Foot by 6 Foot 2X6 framing done.
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    Day 2
    I added some 2X4s to aid in attaching the floor joists to the skids.
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    Started notching the 6X6 skids.
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    Day 3
    All the notches in the 6X6s and 4X4s completed.
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    6X6s and 4X4s attached. I put 5 nails in each intersection.
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    Skids completed.
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    Floor attached to the skids. I messed up my measurements. The 2X6s were supposed to be centered on the 6X6s but this will work fine.
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    Floor sheeting competed.
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    Tomorrow I start framing the walls. Wish me luck.
     
  2. wildwestcoast

    wildwestcoast Out Of The Brooder

    looks like you are off to a good start :) I spent the day the same way, I have my floor done and framed one wall.
     
  3. chewy352

    chewy352 Out Of The Brooder

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    Day 4
    Here's the back wall 5' X 12' with the studs 24" on center
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    Side walls 5' X 5'5"
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    Front wall is 6' X 12'. The front wall will have the human door, Chicken door in the human door, 2 windows, and 2 sets of 2 nest boxes.
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    Here is the framing of the window with wire mesh on it and the framing for the nest boxes to slide into.
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    Framing for the doors.
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  4. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    looking great so far! love the posters who keep the progress documented regularly so we can follow along! thanks!
     
  5. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure hope you have some way to move that monster when your done building it...looks good!
     
  6. chewy352

    chewy352 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just going to harness all the chickens up to it and sit on the roof with a whip. It's their home, they ought to move it right?

    I have a 1/2 ton pick up. Not sure it will pull it but I have access to bigger trucks if need be. The dimensions are also made to fit on a U haul utility trailer if we ever have to move.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    LOL!! Have a vivid pic of that in my head now.

    Did you angle cut the ends of the skids?
     
  8. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's probably the best way to move it. Aart is right angles cut on the skids
     
  9. RR1011

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    Great so far! About to start framing my walls, this is helpful. Im new to building.
     
  10. FrankA

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    Looks great! keep us posted.
     

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