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Coop building next week

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rottlady, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the lumber is here, just a few small things left to get and the pre cut metal roof material (ironically one of the cheapest items) still to order

    Going to start building the first coop next week. I need 3 coops but with lumber as pricey as it is one will have to do to start

    This is the coop I am building.
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  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks cool but what are the dimensions?
     
  3. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4x8 total and I am adding wheels to it to make it so I can move it daily around the field like a coop/tractor hybrid
     
  4. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have FAR too many predators- large/small/land/air here to ever allow them to be loose.. ever. We live in the woods on top of a mountain and have every land based predator from short tailed weasels to bear and everything in between and many species of air born death including a Goshawk nest just 1/4 mile away

    All of our neighbors have lost every single chicken and duck that ever set foot out of a coop and many even in the coop
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome I like that idea it will serve you well, but what are you going to use for the wire to hold them in?
     
  6. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1/2" hardware cloth. Plans call for chicken wire but that is a no go here

    The eventual plan is to get electric chicken netting or sheep netting to put a few feet out from the coop ( s)
     
  7. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    @rottlady Nice coop!

    Do you have "freecycle" in your area? it is freecycle.org and people post things that they want to get rid of, or things that they want. Recently I posted that I wanted a large cooler (to build a coolerbator) and I got a response within a day. I just had to pick it up.
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    I also saw a posting that there was hardwood flooring that was removed from a home that was available. I made one trip with my mini van and picked up as much as I could. I had to hammer the nails flat because they were too hard to remove, but I am going to use those to build a small coop.
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    Freecycle might be a good place to find lumber. This mornings email said that there were 2 sheets of plywood available!
    In case you hadn't noticed, Freecycle is the email I read before anything else! You respond to any posts you're interested in and remember that the early hen gets the worm!

    Right now I am hoping to get some windows! [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  8. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Better safe than sorry!
     
  9. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes we have Freecycle here but I think it must be the lamest Freecycle in the US. I have never been able to get or get rid of ANYTHING on it :(
     
  10. BertandMary

    BertandMary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look for a moving and shipping company near you. One near me allows folks to take pallets which are damaged or shipping crates. I can take as much or as little as I need. Had to pull a lot of staples and nails, but free particle board and 2x4s up to 10 feet made it worth it. Many of the nails were also reused in coop construction. Just gow I got a lot of free lumber stuff
     
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