Coop is getting expensive

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by raftnfish, May 18, 2011.

  1. raftnfish

    raftnfish Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    We are in the process of building a coop to house ~ 48 hens. A little too ambitious for first timers, I fear. The coop building is going well....though we are nearing our funds limit. Next we are putting in the runs: 1) 16' X 40' covered for unsupervised , 2) 28' X 40' uncovered for while we are around, 3) 16 ' X 40' for our 10 turkeys. Last night we trenched the full perimeter 2' deep to bury hardware cloth. We plan on putting 48" around the perimeter half buried...leaving 2' above ground. The top walls will be 14G 2X4 welded wire 6' tall. The total height of the walls will be 8'. The covering of the 1st run will be X-Treme deer barrier (8' X 100' rolls) supported with 2X4 rafters. Well, this is enough for now...more to come!


    Hey, question for you. Anyone know the best place (least expensive) to purchase 1/2" hardware cloth 48" wide. We are going to need ~ 175' of it.

    Also, if you have any suggestions prior to putting the runs in...please shout out. Cost savings tips are always welcomed:)

    Oh, and how do I add pictures?

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  2. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a great plan!

    I can't help you with the wire, but you need so many posts to be able to post pics. I think it is 10.
     
  3. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in a similar situation. I will be using recycled wood for my coop/run but the main cost for the whole thing is the hardware cloth. I havent been able to find an affordable price for a large amount of it, but check your local tractor supply store. Also, you should look in your local craigslist adds as well as your local FreeCycle group !
     
  4. shawnj72

    shawnj72 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great coop.. Now that is big.. Guess i need an addition if i want any more chicks..:)
     
  5. amylou22

    amylou22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a beautiful coop!

    Lowe's is offering 5% off purchases when you use your Lowe's credit card. They do run specials on occasion ($10 off $40 purchase)

    I feel you. My coop costs twice what I planned. And we are still not done.
     
  6. raftnfish

    raftnfish Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the posts.

    Yeah, we (I) am getting out of hand:D My girlfriend said why don't we get 6 or 7 chickens...so, I got 67. Not a joke [​IMG]

    So, the coop is 12 x 16 with 15 nesting boxes, 64sqft of roosting area. Not sure how many chickens it will hold?! Might have to change my diet to just chicken [​IMG]
     
  7. Player Hater

    Player Hater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow you are really burying that wire, good job

    for even more security later on, you could add gravel at the base of the fences to further discourage any digging

    great looking henhouse, i love the barn-red-and-white
     
  8. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hardware cloth was our biggest expense, I think our locally owned hardware store was cheaper than Home Depot. We are total scrappers, dumpster divers, recyclers - we couldn't find a way around buying it. Sorry [​IMG] The cost of those eggs does start to add up! I think your best bet will be watching for a coupon or deal like someone else suggested.
     
  9. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is one pretty chicken house !!
     
  10. Strader

    Strader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice job on your chicken house. Mine is coming along. just finished the roof.I't has been way more expensive than i though it would be. I'll post pics soon
     

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