From an office to a Coop....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Momma_Cluck, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Office sat "empty" for over 2 years after I stopped doing my counseling services... becoming nothing more than a fancy "catch all" for toys, extra "stuff" from the attic etc...

    We had put a lot of work into it; hand-plastered wall's & ceiling, windows, carpet, Tiled entry etc....


    So when it cam time to put our chicks outdoors, and we didn't have the $$ for the coop we'd planned due to our Van breaking down-- it only made sense to use what space we had.

    We went to the local Farm discount store and bought heavy-duty tarps (12x12) for $6 each... we used a staple-gun to attach double tarps to the floors and singles to the walls. Then we just bought our feeders, waterers, hay and woodchips plus some DE....

    And Viola-- Instant coop!


    A few weeks later, we used $120 for lumber and chickenwire to build a 10 x 20 run off the door of the coop-- using the 8 foot privacy fence that is attached to the building as one side of the run, and boat tarps over green-treated 2x4's for the roof...

    It worked GREAT--- until we got that nasty storm in December that dumped 27 inches of snow on us in 3 days!!!! With that, and the terrible winds-- the boards all snapped like match-sticks... so am re-configuring the run!

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  2. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! That's impressive!!! Roomy, too! [​IMG]
     
  3. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can see the small area in one picture-- it is 3x12-- it was the tack-area, then a waiting room... it is now our Brooder when needed-- and "The Love Shack" when we want to breed! [​IMG]

    The rest of the coop is 12x12 with a bay window... and they like the high shelves for roosting! LOL!

    There are now 30 total in there... including Roo's.. we will soon be building them "batchelor pad-pens" to keep them from fighting in the spring...

    We ARE making a separate "Banty Shanty" this year so the Bantams won't be pushed around by the bigger birds!
     
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
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    now i would say I've seen it all. man what people sacrefy for thier chickens. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I swear I still can't believe it [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Omran
     
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not really a sacrifice... it was empty for more than 2 years... I am now disabled, and tho going out to visit the Gals that far IS a trek for me... using it as an office is no longer an option anyway.... and we DID want a good excuse to build a workout room/artist den with a skylight next to the house! LOL!
     
  6. timbofarms

    timbofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NOW THAT IS UNUSUAL! But a cool idea.
     
  7. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool coop [​IMG]
     

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