Going for broke... well, actually for FREE

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by congdon476, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    OK all. This is my first time trying to upload photos so hopefully this works.

    I am turning a portion of my backyard shed into a coop for my chickens... well, the chicks I ordered last week that will arrive next week that will grow up to be chickens.

    Anyway here's my self-constructed coop in progress. The DH isn't one for helping out with this YET so this is me and my non-building code knowing self. I am trying to make the entire coop out of things I already have. Note, most of the wood is from the privacy fence we recently took down in the backyard. The nest boxes are made from a shelf that was already in the shed. I am considering adding two ground level ones made out of some old plastic, planting, square boxes I have in the garage. The screws are all from the old fence as well. I used a whole fence panel to line the wall of the shed for extra insulation and to prevent rot when I do the layering of pine shavings.

    I think I will have to buy laminate for the floor. I was going to use the left over tiles from our house, but I would have to by a scoring tool to make them fit right. At that point, heck it's just easier to buy some laminate scrap for $10. Also have to get some wire fencing for the interior for the "open" wall. Planning on making a door for the right side opening by the nesting boxes and cutting the chicken door on the left side bottom of the shed. Eventually there will be an enclosed run outside on the left side of the photo against the fence.

    I also found some great 2" diameter branches outside the house today and will use those for perches. It was a great day to work on the coop here in Colorado. 45 degrees with some fairly strong winds. But, the inside of the coop was nice and toasty in the sunshine. Good to know for next winter when I have the hens out in it. No drafts and little noise.

    The size of this coop area is apx. 38" wide and 8 feet long. I am only looking to have 4-6 hens. Let me know what you all think so far. This is 3 hours of work. Hand saw (no electric or power saws) and an electric drive/driver.

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  2. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gotcha a great start!![​IMG]
     
  3. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks wonderful!
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I recognized that landscape...LOL

    "Hey! That looks like some place off Hwy 50!"

    (Then I saw your location.)

    Great start!!!
     
  5. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

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    looks great. I did pretty much the same thing, I used old picket fencing to do mine. Heres a small pic of before it was completed.

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  6. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    Awesome picket fence coop! I really like the look. I am hoping to turn the doors into wire covered doors as well, with the option for putting plexiglass behind the wire in the winter to keep it warm, but light.
     
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  7. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    Oh- and for those wondering... Wifezilla is right! Pueblo West is off Hwy 50 and that would be Pike's Peak in the background.
     
  8. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

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    I noticed the scenery too and thought wow! I'd love to have something like that to look at (I get to look at school buses, the school district bought the building in front of my home and has decided its perfect for the buses).
     
  9. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    ROFL< I looked at it and recognised the mtn range! Just a little noth of ya !! You've got a lovely start on your coop. great job.
     
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  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Got to admit....Colorado has its faults...but a lack of spectacular scenery isn't one of them [​IMG]

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