Great thread!! I'm looking forward to following along. I have a few basic suggestions, all of which we learned in building our very first coop. Good old trial and error!I am currently building my biggest coop ever and thought about how many newbies are trying to build their first coop ever. Thinking of all you struggling to learn the use of tools and with questions on your mind about planning, i thought it would be helpful to share what i have learned and let others do the same. Even small tips can ease frustration in the building process. If you just want to share pictures of your progress, have at it. Let's share and encourage each other.
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Thanks for your input and welcome to the thread!Great thread!! I'm looking forward to following along. I have a few basic suggestions, all of which we learned in building our very first coop. Good old trial and error!
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- My number one suggestion? Make it bigger than you think you need!
- Take the time to prepare your coop site, level the area if you need to. Do you have plumbing at/near your coop or can you install some? Because carrying buckets sucks, especially in winter. Make sure you have adequate drainage in your coop & run area before you build coop which may mean digging trenches for drain tile. Trust me on this one.
- Really think through your coop layout. Include a space that your chickens can't get into for storage if you have the room so you're not constantly lugging things out to the coop and have supplies right at hand when you need them. Include tons of ventilation. An isolation area for sick or new birds is also great if you have the space.
- Make it easy to clean. I highly suggest painting the interior so you can really scrub it out when needed. Also paint the floor or lay inexpensive linoleum to make it easy to scrub.
- Upcycle old windows and doors, architectural salvage shops and Craigs list are a great resource where you can also get some deals on lumber and you'll make yourself a very unique coop.
- Youtube has all kinds of great tutorials on how to build, especially helpful with things like setting the roofline. If you get stuck on a task, just do a search.
- And have fun!
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