Is anyone else in the process of building their coop for spring?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wink, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    I've got the area of placement cleaned up, I've got some (semi) blue prints of my coop vision (always subject to revision), and I'm painting the interior plywood with latex paint (at my local habitat for humanity, they were selling 1x4 ft 3/4" plywood for a buck so I got a stack of them.... Easier for me to handle, super cheap, but it will take finagling to put it all together and waterproof between the boards).

    I really want to have the majority of work done before I order my dudettes in January!

    What stage are you at?!?
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010
  2. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2010
    land of the sun
    i am kinda. i have a design that i found that i am adding my own improvements onto. its a coop a guy here sells for a huge amount of money but i can do it cheaper and add some of the things i have learned here [​IMG] so now i am just starting to shop for things. i am still working out a few added things, like it i want to insulate the coop and if i should put in a sky light. it may be a rush in the spring but lucky for me, i have lots of family and friends who are also very good at building that love me and will work for free [​IMG] and seeing how i rent a room in my mom and dads house, even want to help me pay for it... i have great parents [​IMG]
  3. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    All I have is a material list. The blueprints are in my head. The ground is too frozen to go at to level the foundation. I'll start in March, the peeps will be here in March so I'll have 6 wks to get it done, and I will probably use all 6 wks just 'cause I choose to. Could do it in 1wk, but why hurry? This is the 2nd coop and will be just like the 1rst.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010
  4. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Heck, it feels like it's taken me more than a week to just paint my boards! Since I'm relatively new to coop building, I imagine it will take me awhile to complete it....
  5. chickencoop13

    chickencoop13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    we will be working on a 8x10 coop soon
  6. Holmes' Homestead

    Holmes' Homestead Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2010
    Schuylerville NY
    I'm still shopping for plans. This being my first time at raising chickens, I've been doing some research first. I'm hoping to find some that I like (I've been thinking about buying Building a Chicken Coop by Bill Keene) as we're planning on purchasing around 25 pullets. I better get my act together though, as Spring will be here before you know it. I'm not asking for any free plans, but does anyone have any suggestions as to where to look? Many thanks.
  7. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Does a huge dog crate for 4 birds, that will later be used as an emergency coop work?

    I'm renovating it by sawing large squares of leftover wood from our last project on all sides and on the bottom to hold in the bedding and keep safe from drafts. I put two bricks in there for the waterer to go on and there will be no food in the coop for sanity reasons, and they'll be either free ranged or in their run all day. Add a thick fallen stick for a roost and some bedding and I'm good!
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Get the Building Chicken Coops for Dummies book, available through BYC in the BYC online store!
  9. RedBankPiper

    RedBankPiper Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2010
    Red Bank
    "Coop" is completed, as it was built into part of a storage shed. Still working on 8x10 run, and I hope the weather holds for at least part of the weekend so I can get the final wood framing and door completed.
  10. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Still in planning stages of my 6x8 shed style coop.(second coop)
    Hatching eggs end of March, then moving outside end of May to be integrated slowly with current birds while in temp coop.
    Hope to have new coop done by end of July.
    I have time... besides, it's 15ยบ out right now... The ground is a rock!

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