How much should I list this coop for?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenkeeper12, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. chickenkeeper12

    chickenkeeper12 Chirping

    Nov 25, 2012
    I have a coop that is two coops in one. The entire coop itself is 12ftx5ft. Left side coop is 4ftx5ft and the right side is 8ftx5ft. Both the runs attached are 10ftx5ftx4ft. It doesn't look as nice as it works, security wise and coop basics. How much would you pay for it. I really need help with this. [​IMG]
  2. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    What did the materials cost and how long
    did it take to build this setup?

    it looks it will do a marvelous

    and... it's functional, not pretty... (I LOVE
    functional, don't much care about the pretty)

    what I'm about to write are just the thoughts
    that popped into my head... I may be way off

    A neighbour bought a "pretty" coop to house
    a couple of chickens and I know that she paid
    waaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much
    for it... the coop/run can house 2 birds... 3 max.
    and I'd bet that she paid $300 PLUS...

    it's not a very useful coop - just LOOKS cute/
    pretty and it blows away in a strong wind....

    I have borrowed it (her bird died) to house my
    new ducklings and the coop is falling apart and
    doors don't latch well any more. It's only been
    in active use for about a month.

    she has NO experience with raising chickens...

    I'd guess that people who are quite experienced
    at raising chickens would go for your set up...and,
    they can probably build this themselves and
    wouldn't need/want to purchase it from you....

    If I were just getting started and had the money
    to buy a coop/run already set up, I might be
    willing to pay $650-$700.... if it were a functional
    FUN coop.... the ladies are funny and I like
    fun/funny stuffs

    Are you wanting to build these to sell?

    How many birds is this meant to house?

    If yes, I'd probably leave off the one run
    and make it more attractive - as well as
    being functional..

    You can pretty it up quite easily and inexpensively

    Just my two cents worth
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014
  3. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chirping

    Apr 25, 2014
    I agree that some "prettying up" would increase your profit margin significantly.

    Get a gallon of oops paint for the body. Buy a quart of a color that looks nice with it for the trim. Then get one of those tin (Amish?) "barn stars" and nail it on.

    That should all be less than $50, but I'd say it would add $200 to the salability.
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Can it even be moved?
    Does it have a floor?
    Why are you selling it?

    CONS: Chicken wire is not predator proof.
    It's too short to walk into.

    PROS: Coat of cheery paint might help.
    Fairly good sized.

    But you never know what people will buy, start high and add OBO.
    Look at what other similar coops are going for on craigs list in your area for a good starting price
  5. chickenkeeper12

    chickenkeeper12 Chirping

    Nov 25, 2012
    Thank you everybody for you input.
    Karens Q's:
    I am not building to sell and I have had max 16 birds in the space( all bantams).
    aart Q's:
    Yes it can be moved. The runs detach and fit on a regular size trailer, the coop has a floor, and I'm selling it because I need to downsize my flock. The chickens are gone it's just the coop that needs to be sold.
  6. Wrooster

    Wrooster Chirping

    Apr 13, 2013
    Northern Florida
    I wouldn't spend anything to pretty it up. It's solid and functional and will never be pretty. Sell what you got.

    I can see paying a couple hundred dollars for that if I needed it. $100 is stealing it unless it's coming apart or rotting. It's not for everybody but you have a lot of potential use there. Use delivery as a negotiating point if you can. Good luck.
  7. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chirping

    Apr 25, 2014
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  8. tracecom

    tracecom Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
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  9. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chirping

    Apr 25, 2014
    See! Pretty it up and you can get $5400 for it instead of $350!
  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado

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