How much did your Playhouse Chicken Coop cost?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by conny63malies, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I am planing on building a playhouse chicken coop, the on with the plans from Dennis(isthmushandman) How much did the material cost? I think i will build the shorted 6ft version if there is a signficant price difference. I want 3-4 chickens and my millie and besides the coop and run they will get additional accsess to a part of my yard.
     
  2. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built it. Well, I had it built (by a carpenter), and that ran the cost up. Especially since I had to pay for labor I splurged on materials and had it match the house. It cost me a lot, but only materials would have been about $450.00 even with all of my "upgrades".

    I don't think you should use the short version unless garden space is at a huge premium. Build the full length one. The covered run is such a plus, and my chickens realy do use it. I lost one yesterday while they were loose in my yard, so starting today they are in the run unless I can be out with them.

    I am eying the run space underneath the house for a nice attached extra apartment . It will be very easy to block off and enclose a small sheltered space and then I will have a perfect settup to confine a broody, or introduce new chickens to the established group.

    The house part can be easily enlarged by an additional foot. That and an exterior nest box would be changes I would make if I were to build it again. It is a very pretty coop.

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  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    take it from a newbee that you need it bigger. always!!! I was just going to have a few hens for eggs. But----- Thanks to the enablers from BYC I think I will end up with about 20 by next fall. Sigh!!! it is addictive. Build large. A few extra dollars now can make a big difference in your chicks health and prevention of problems. Already I am getting ready to increase my coop size. I have a large outdoor covered run already. A 20 x 12. My coop will be at least 8x8 maybe larger. My hens can get out almost everyday. Jean
     
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I love your coop.Crazyhen i really cant get biger, since chickens are not allowed were i live but the neighberinos dont care.
    i already have the scovies and the millie running around. 3-4 will be good, but wait until my husband retires from the army and we move out in the country- i will have a petting zoo inc. llama and emus.Then i will get 10x16 shed from lowes for poultry.
    Plus when we move away one day i can get the coop in the moving van.
     
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  5. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours cost about $500 to build and my husband did it himself, however we live in the Boston area so that had a lot to do with it. The material costs can vary quite a bit depending on what part of the country you live in. If you're not handy you might be able to contact you local Votech H.S. to see if there are some carpentry students that will build it as a class project. I know the vocational students in our area will do outside projects.

    We really like it, it's a great plan. I agree that you should go with the bigger run (you can never really have a run that's too big) The only change we would make would to be place the door on the gable end so that rain doesn't hit me when I go into the run.

    Other than that, it's great plan and our girls are happy living in i!

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  6. gottaknit

    gottaknit Out Of The Brooder

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    Ours cost over $400 (that I know of), but it would have been cheaper I'm sure had *someone* actually read the instructions and not made half a dozen extra trips to Home Dept. Ahem. [​IMG]

    And now, two years later, I'm trying to figure out how to add on... [​IMG] Suggestions??
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Here is a picture of my new coop. I bought it for $650. delivery included. Just delivered today. My DH didn't want any part of it, now he seems to be taking over my project. He just went to Home Depot. I'm not quite sure how I want to set it up yet, but I'm sure DH will have plenty of ideas. He's retired, I'm thinking about it. I can retire in Jan. but not sure if I want to yet or not.

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  8. I got on of the My Little Playhouses from Lowes. $150 otd.
     
  9. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I called allover the place, none from Columbus to darn near Philly. Plus i like building stuff with my own two hands. I got a new drill last christmas and this year and this year i want a circular saw.Yes , I am a female.
     
  10. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:THis would require a building permit around here and I am a illegal poultry user. Got to stay a bit smaller until my hubby retires.
     

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