I accidentally built a Chicken Castle (my 1st coop)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by afviolettes, May 25, 2016.

  1. afviolettes

    afviolettes Out Of The Brooder

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    A few months ago my wife and I decided on chickens ... we looked high and low for a good coop but the largest (but yet smallest) coops were ~$400. Certainly I could build something better ... for a modest $500-600 ?

    So, thus began a 6 week project (mostly due to rain - ridiculously large amounts of rain for Texas).

    Details:

    - Run space - 196 sqft
    - Run Space minus Coop Space - 148 sqft
    - Coop Space - 48 sqft (doesn't include 5 nest boxes at ~12in x 12in)

    Other details:

    - Run is 6 feet tall (for the humans)
    - Electrical is available to the coop, just not installed yet
    - Roof is insulated
    - Vinyl is stapled to the floor for easy cleaning

    I've attached a few pictures below, but also included a link to the full gallery. I will say, this turned into a much bigger project than I thought it would ... the total cost was probably closer to $1100.

    Chickens:

    - 2 Blue Wyandotte's
    - 3 Rhode Island Red's
    - 1 Columbian
    - 1 Silkie (Ended up being a Rooster)

    Plan to get roughly ~9 more.

    Link to full gallery: http://s166.photobucket.com/user/b1hojo22/library/Chicken Castle

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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Very Nice!!
    Don't worry...you'll spend more $$$ before it's over [​IMG]

    Does your ramp have a closable door (pop door) to shut at night - couldn't tell in the photos?
    Reason asking is predators can easily get through chicken wire, unfortunately chicken wire is more for keeping chickens in, not things out.
    I do recommend hardware cloth over the windows for predator protection instead of chicken wire and closing the girls up at night.

    I'm sure you will get more input, but good job!
     
  3. afviolettes

    afviolettes Out Of The Brooder

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    Wyorp,

    Not at the moment - I'm getting an automatic one soon... As far as the predators my 3 yappy dogs are doing a good job of literally keeping anything and everything out... With 6-8 ft fences around my yard I hope that keeps the "bigger" predators out, but I intend to put cloth on the windows and vents at least

    Thanks for the inputs.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sounds like a good plan [​IMG]
     
  5. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
    pictures of coops like this is worth the [​IMG]

    what's the final price tag? if you don't mind sharing
     
  6. afviolettes

    afviolettes Out Of The Brooder

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    Bruce, I was shooting for 650-750... After 800 I stopped keeping track... I'd say final was probably 950-1200
     
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  7. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
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    that's about 2x the estimate budget there.. but it's a nice looking coop/coop

    did you waterproof the woods? it will help it last longer (protection against water and sun exposure)
     
  8. JPJewell

    JPJewell Just Hatched

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    Very nice!
     
  9. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    It's wonderful! :)
     
  10. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I love it. I'll hire you for my next one.
     

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