First coop build

JmeV

Chirping
Aug 31, 2020
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I had a budget, but I've blown it. Somewhere in this thread I'll tally my costs for posterity.

I wanted to get it built earlier than now, but I definitely wanted to finish by Christmas when the grandkids can see the chickens that will hopefully like this coop. That led me away from trying to do it with free wood.
I get it. It took us over 6 weeks to do ours because we had to hunt for so much reclaimed and free stuff. Your project looks awesome, so you should be proud!
 

Machseven

In the Brooder
Aug 15, 2020
32
45
33
near Richmond, VA
Next I started on the coop itself. I put in the floor and one wall with what sill eventually be a window.
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Throughout the projects, I used clamps extensively.

I initially cut the window wrong and had to redo it. Here's picture of it before I fixed it:


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I will put hardware cloth inside and add a flap to the front eventually.
 

Machseven

In the Brooder
Aug 15, 2020
32
45
33
near Richmond, VA
We want to try the deep litter system advocated by Carolina Coops. The coop will have a 12" deep litter bed, and we're going to add the industrial hemp sold by CC. A friend is hopefully going to bring me some leftover linoleum to line the bottom and sides. These next few photos show the access to the coop. The lower door will only open when I'm changing litter, which hopefully won't be that often. The upper doors are when I need to get into the coop.

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Doors open:
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Doors closed:
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I've got the upper part of the wall cut and painted, should get it on this weekend along with the nesting box. This is pretty much up to date. I should make some good progress this weekend.
 

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