I'm almost finished with "El Cheapo Coop"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silentrunning, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. silentrunning

    silentrunning Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    Venice, Florida
    I decided to make a coop out of what I could scrounge up. I finally had to purchase some items to make it happen. My purchases were: 3 pressure treated 2X4s for the base, A pack of 3-1/2” screws, a small roll of ¼” hardware cloth, 1 sheet of plywood and a gallon of redwood stain. Total cost under $40. The rest was scrounged up from work, a couple of the factories nearby and a trip to the landfill.

    The basic frame was made from the 3 pressure treated 2X4s and some scrap 2X4s.


    All the rest was from junk wood and skids.







    All I have left is to finish the ridge vent and get rid of the 2" chicken wire on the sides. Keeping the birds cool was my main consideration so I have lots of ventelation including under the facia board. I still may add a couple muffin fans to aid in cooling. The residents will be my 2 Cochin pullets and 2 B.R. pullets. Inside the coop is an Oak branch for roosting. I will have an automatic waterer in the top and bottom. My next project will be to build this from purchased materials so I can figure a cost. (Also it might be straighter when you use good wood.)


  2. LOVE it, it's adorable!
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    That is so cute! I'd love to have at least three of these on just a bit larger scale (Maybe 6 or 8 chickens big). These would be great for separating the breeds. [​IMG]
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    I think you did a grat job!! It's just as cute as it can be, I'm sure your chickens love it [​IMG]
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    VERY cool! Am I seeing refrigerator racks in there?
  6. silentrunning

    silentrunning Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    Venice, Florida
    Those are old closet racks. The locks are made from old Christmas yard ornaments. [​IMG] I said it was a cheapie. On the coop part I covered the racks with 1/4" hardware cloth so the coons can't get their hands in there while the chickens sleep. When they get close to laying age, I'll put some outboard nesting boxes on it.

  7. brandytab

    brandytab Songster

    Apr 27, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Hi! Great looking coop.

    Would you mind me asking the LxW? I'm getting 3 silkies and wanting to build a little separate coop just for them. Yours looks perfect!

  8. chills

    chills In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2009
    wow..love that it was on the cheap cheap..looks great!!
  9. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I absolutely love this and I hope you don't mind but I think I'm going to steal your idea. LOL

    I have 3 gold laced cochin banty's that I want to make a coop for. I also have some silkies and some polish. These little coops would be perfect to keep them separated.

  10. jlsmith

    jlsmith Hatching

    Apr 25, 2009
    I like it! [​IMG]

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