Coop Construction and "Scope Creep"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Armageddon, May 31, 2010.

  1. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    Building a chicken coop has not been easy. Certainly more time, money and effort than I ever gave it credit.

    Hauling the lumber, sinking posts, concrete, heavy wire.....we still aren't done! LOL! the "chicks" now 15 weeks old are still living in old cupboards, which they don't actually seem to mind.

    Here's the "roof" of our coop (6 sheets of Heavy flippin plywood) attached to a 14' X 40' fully enclosed run. Of course, I wasnt even planning the "coop" addition but the angle of the lumber we were installing looked like it would be so easy to turn into a shed style roof, so off to home depot we went, the full weekend later, we don't have the "run" finished and haven't finished the new "addition"!!! jeesh

    Chickens are still running amok......the cost is just eye popping [​IMG] Poor hubby, I just brought home some chicks one day and he inherited major construction project!

    Life is good! [​IMG]


  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Good job.

  3. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    It will be worth it in the end, it looks like it will be a great looking coop. I know what you mean about taking longer than anticipated. I'm building one myself and going on a week and still not finished.
  4. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    One week, ONE week, HA! That's just the beginning my friend!!!
  5. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Quote:[​IMG] So true!
  6. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] a week ......... [​IMG] [​IMG]

    We're planning what chickens to get NEXT Spring and starting on the coop and run for them NOW! Because we know it will take that loooong.

    But then again, my hubby and I are physically limited on how much we can get done at one time, so we always add LOTS of extra time on any estimate. That way it's really a nice surprise if we get finished early. [​IMG]

    It's always worth it when it's done and it looks fantastic!
  7. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    LOL! So true, my post made it sound like thats what I got done in one's actually been a MONTH of weekends and we are no where near done.....

  8. laturcotte1

    laturcotte1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Long story short when you plan out your coop/run make sure you are able to make room for the injuried/sick or newbees/babies. I am kicking myself in the butt that when I have to make a separation for any reason in the coop it's such a hassle. My run is easier to divide because we used 10x10 dog kennels and can just place sections even with door up anywhere. The whole thing is a learn experience that's for sure.
  9. egzactly

    egzactly Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    I really thought we'd be done in 4-6 weeks... 8 weeks later we're still not quite done. At 6 weeks, we finished everything enough to move the chicks in. We work a little at night sometimes, but mostly weekends. We're about 90% complete, but I think the last 10% will probably take the longest.

    I've been very surprised at the cost. We thought if we built it ourselves, we could do it cheaper. Of course, our scope creep kicked in too. We didn't have a real plan or a real idea of cost. We just went to Home Depot once a week and bought what we needed for the next phase of construction. I think building one from a kit, probably would have been faster and cheaper, but the experience of building something like this has been very worthwhile.

    Here's a pic of the 90% that's completed.
  10. beejentl

    beejentl Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2010
    Vacaville CA
    Keep up the good work! Weekends are just not long enough!!!

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