Coop progress--almost done!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jsto, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yippee [​IMG] The coop is very close to being finished, provided this rain stops for the weekend. All that's left is insulating (free), ply-wooding the inside (can you tell I'm not a carpentar?!)(left over from previous jobs), laying down the cheap-o linoleum on the floor for easy clean-up ($8), and building roosts and nest boxes (left over scraps). Oh, and then comes that little ole run we've gotta build. One step at a time though.

    We went from the idea of an A-frame, to buying a 4x4 playhouse, to this 8x8 monstrosity. Might I add that there are only 5 chickens at this point in time. There's a Volvo plant in town that my father's company does business for, so he got a brand-new and free, lovely 8x8 skid, only used previously to transport one piece of machinery, for the base of the coop. Worked beautifully, after we fenagled bricks, old fence posts, and God knows what else to level it on the completely uneven yard.

    So far we've only hit about $150. We struck 2x4 gold at a construction site building a brick building. They use them for support and then toss them away. We only had to buy a few 2x4s, namely for the trusses. We got a lovely little window for 10 bucks at Habitat, the siding was 'damaged' (i.e the groove didn't go down the whole way, BFD) and we got it marked way down, and we had oodles of Kilz left over, along with an assortment of ply wood and other scraps. Oh, and gorgeous red paint: $15. All that's left to purchase is roofing and we've not completely decided on that. We're looking at the heavy duty fiberglass roofing as it's very pretty and much less work than shingling.

    Anyway, I'll shut up now and let you at the pics.

    All framed up, with that brand new cheap display window:
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    Soffit installed (found gutter guards that worked beautifully):
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    Let's start siding
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    God love the Kilz
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    Barn red that seems a bit brighter than the paint book [​IMG] Will be trimmed out in white, of course!
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    A few notes: despite what the pictures lead you to believe, I actually have helped! Also, we haven't decide whether the run will be within the fenced in part of the yard or extended out, hence why the chicken doors haven't been cut out yet. Hoping to figure it out this weekend.

    Oh, and witness the dog made dust trail. For the life of me, I cannot understand why my dogs will follow that same path daily. I like to think they're preparing the perfect dust bathing area for their little sisters [​IMG]

    And that's it so far. I think we've done pretty darn well for $150!
     
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  2. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG!!!!!! That looks amazing!!
     
  3. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great, Nice job!!
    Grats on getting it done.
    And I like the color scheme [​IMG]
     
  4. Pekin Hen

    Pekin Hen Out Of The Brooder

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    I realy like your coop, it look's wonderfull!
    The colour look's great too!

    Annette.
     
  5. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, guys [​IMG] I was wanting it to be the classic barn colours, but may have messed up with that red. Hopefully it'll darken with another coat. Or perhaps it'll grow on me!
     
  6. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look who decided to help finish the painting:

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    Roof is up, but I was too pooped to take pictures, so will have to get those up tomorrow. It's starting to look great--I can't wait until we're all finished, though! That roof produced more than a few swears and headaches [​IMG]
     
  7. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quick question about flooring--we've got that skid which is in excellent shape as the base of the coop. We're adding luaun over that and then the easy-to-clean cheap linoleum. Is that sufficient? I'm starting to get paranoid about predators as we're coming close to finishing and my girls are getting closer to moving outside. There is space under the coop due to our uneven land, but that will be somewhat boxed in with landscaping around it. Will anything chew through the bottom of my coop? Yikes.

    Maybe I should add wire between the skid and luaun? LOL! Or maybe I should just chill out a bit.
     
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  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hey, it looks marvelous! As to your question about something chewing through the floor, yes, it can happen. We put in floor joists, then a layer of hardware wire, then plywood, then cheap vinyl flooring on top of that. I have seen evidence of raccoons pulling on the wire from underneath, but of course, it's too tough for them. I hear stories about rats and mice chewing through wooden floors, too. Maybe it would be good to put some type of wire as an extra layer of protection.
    Again, it looks wonderful! Your coop is made very much like my original one, which was 8x8. We added on a 12' addition since this is a very addicting hobby! Here is my original coop before the addition:
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  9. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Speckledhen [​IMG] I will definitely pick up some hardware cloth this weekend, then. Even if nothing ever tries to chew through, I will at least have peace of mind! Keep those nasties away from my babies, darn it!

    Edited to add that your coop is gorgeous! Mine is going to be looking very similar, if you just substitute the blue for red. Glad to know I haven't completely messed up [​IMG]
     
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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, thank you! BTW, that's also a cheap display window in my 8x8 coop on the front. Great minds think alike, don't they, LOL. But I don't know why that always reads blue in the pics-the color is actually a gray-green. This is how it looks after our hobby ran rampant-beware the addiction! This is during construction phase-now there's another pen in front of the addition. And I retrofitted another 8x8 section of our shed for a nursery coop/broody pen, so this thing does grab hold of ya.

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