How much did you spend on your DIY coop?

sawilliams

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Nov 12, 2015
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We just bought all the material to build our coop and my husband thought it would cost less, so I'm just curious if we overspent or if it was a normal amount($550ish). We didn't have any access to free/cheap lumber so we had to buy it all..
What size coop are you going for? Remember a diy will typically be much better construction then a prefab.

I have 2 prefab that cost about $200 a piece but only house 3-5 bantams or 1 maybe 2 standard despite claiming 4-6 chickens. We also have a shed coop, 8x8 shed that cost $1100. But or first coop probably cost less then $300 as most of it was repurposed wood and we only had to buy a few things to make it all work. That one was about a 4x8 walking.
 

wifeyschlegel

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Apr 23, 2018
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What size coop are you going for? Remember a diy will typically be much better construction then a prefab.

I have 2 prefab that cost about $200 a piece but only house 3-5 bantams or 1 maybe 2 standard despite claiming 4-6 chickens. We also have a shed coop, 8x8 shed that cost $1100. But or first coop probably cost less then $300 as most of it was repurposed wood and we only had to buy a few things to make it all work. That one was about a 4x8 walking.
We're shooting for a 12 sq. ft. coop with a 42 sq. ft. run.
 

sawilliams

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Ok you said 12sq foot? and 6x6 coop. If your going for a 6x6 foot coop (36sq ft) I'm assuming walk in style than yes i would estimate $500+ for materials at least. But your not going to find something that big for under a 1000 possibly 2000 prefab and you'd still have to build your run too.
 

cge7

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Jan 22, 2018
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my current 4x8 with 8x12 attached covered run cost around 200-250 but i also had access to the 2x3s i framed it with.
Also if i needed to buy 4 2x4s, I would just buy one 2x12 and rip it to size on the table saw. I found it to be a bit more work but often more cost efficient. I used a 4x8 pallet as my base and framed off of it as well which helped in the saving
Didnt keep a tally but over the course of the entire build, that little bit of saving added up
 

wifeyschlegel

Chirping
Apr 23, 2018
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Jonesborough, TN
Ok you said 12sq foot? and 6x6 coop. If your going for a 6x6 foot coop (36sq ft) I'm assuming walk in style than yes i would estimate $500+ for materials at least. But your not going to find something that big for under a 1000 possibly 2000 prefab and you'd still have to build your run too.
Huh! I don't know why I said 12 sq. ft., must've been a typo, we're definitely doing a 6x6 ft./36 sq. ft. coop. with a 42 sq. ft. run.
 
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