Help in building a coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RIR0BCM, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. RIR0BCM

    RIR0BCM Chirping

    Nov 7, 2014
    I want to build a chicken coop but I can't think of any design 
    I want a coop that wont cost me much and a design that would be easy to build  i want it to be spacious  ,as safe as can be for the chickens (we have predators in my area) 
    ,I want them to have open space to roam I don't want them to be closed up inside the coop and I want them to have shelter from the harsh rain and strong wind !! And I want to be able to collect the eggs ,feed and water without havin to enter the coop and ofcourse I want it to be pretty 

    And the hard part is that I have two different breeds and I want them to be separated because I breed them I want to keep my lines pure 

    I know its alot to ask but if you have any ideas please share  :bow

    Oh one more thing is wood strong enough to withstand cold rainy winters and hot dry summers if not what should I use ???
  2. RWD

    RWD Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wartrace TN.
    You forgot, "self cleaning".[​IMG]
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    A lot to ask? You might add eradicating world hunger and an overnight cure to the common cold to that list. The “won’t cost me much” is the one that really makes it challenging.

    Wood is probably the most used material for coops. If you build it right it will withstand weather and predators. If you don’t build it right, no material will work. Metal, some plastics, concrete, cinder blocks, or brick will work a lot of the time, depending on your climate and location of the coop.

    There are a lot of coop designs in the Learning Center at the top of this page. Many of those have some building details with them. Find something you like or design something on your own after studying those for ideas.

    I don’t know how many chickens you plan on, your expected management techniques, or how much room you have to work with, but your options are pretty limitless. The simplest way is to build two separate coops and runs and never let them mingle, but many people let them all roam together and just separate out the breeding stock during a breeding season.

    The least expensive way to get material is probably through Craigslist. You might be able to find a building you can relocate or maybe just inexpensive material. Most building material comes in 4’ or 8’ dimensions so you can often save a lot of cutting and waste if you use this dimensions in your design, but if you get free material you can certainly consider that.

    Another way to find cheap or free material is to visit a construction site and ask if they have any waste wood or other materials you can have. Sometimes they’d rather give it away instead of paying to haul it to the dump.

    Of course, to keep costs down, you have to do most of the work yourself.
  4. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Songster

    Dec 10, 2013
    Wouldn't that be awesome! [​IMG]
  5. RIR0BCM

    RIR0BCM Chirping

    Nov 7, 2014

    Thanks for the info Im planning 10 chickens in each coop I have space and everything I just need the design to make the perfect coop any pictures would be great

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