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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by deserthues, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. deserthues

    deserthues New Egg

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    Hi! Proud new owner of eleven assorted baby layers who are quickly outgrowing their 54-gal tub, lol! I'm new to chickens, and new to woodworking, but somehow I have to build an 8 x 8 henhouse, and fast. Right now I'm sketching out the plans, and I keep getting bogged down in details. If I can only get the plans finished, my husband and daughter are willing to help me build the coop.

    I have a couple of questions to start. I have decided to build 4 frames and connect them together, with the vertical studs being 24" apart. Now everything I've read says to put the studs 24" apart on-center, but if I do that, they won't exactly fit evenly on the 8-foot top and bottom 2 x 4's right? How do I measure that out?

    The second question is whether you usually cut the front and back panels shorter than the side panels to achieve a precise measurement on your coop, since those panels will fit inside the side panels? Or do people generally not expect it to be precise, and stay with measurements that are easily divisible by two?

    I know that these are probably sub-novice questions, but considering that I have never even used a circular saw before, that is pretty much my level of expertise, lol! I can assemble and disassemble a home computer, but I don't know a thing about woodworking. Can someone give me a hand with this?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Los Angeles! I did build my own coop but it is very simple and only for 5 chickens so I am really not sure. There are lots of great coop discussions threads on this site that might be helpful. Good luck!
     
  4. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and[​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
     
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    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
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  8. deserthues

    deserthues New Egg

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome, and thank you Tiki244 for the link. I'm going to check that out right now :)
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  10. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hi and :welcome

    Good luck with your coop!
    And I can tell you're definitely a bit ahead of me on the building front by your questions. :lau
    I hope you get some good answers. :D
     
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