Looking for BASIC step by step instructions......

toxo

Songster
11 Years
Jun 4, 2009
101
1
144
Gillingham, UK
The single most important piece of advice that no-one seems to mention is this:

Get your wire first.

Most of your uprights and crossbeams etc will depend on the width of the wire. You can't fix wire to fresh air. Whatever the height of your coop/run, do it in frames. And make sure the center to center measurement of the upright is the same as the width of the wire. If you can, cut the timber together, ie, the top and bottom of a frame or the uprights. Once you've got the frame nailed together, make sure the corner to corner measurements are the same both ways. This will ensure they are "square". Then you can nail on your braces and it won't move after that.

Good luck.

Paul (I must get around to finishing my coop page which will also show the electric aerial that opens/closes the pop door)
 

tri-5-ron

Songster
9 Years
Feb 6, 2010
301
5
121
Orange County
OK, here's as simple as I can explain it.
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1- build coop/pen
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2- buy feeder/waterer
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3- get birds
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4- spend HOURS here on the BYC
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LOL !
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I'm sorry,... I just couldn't resist
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but most important of all,... have fun
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anniem

Songster
9 Years
Mar 17, 2010
204
1
109
Eugene, OR
Well, we haven't actually used this yet so I can't vouch for it but it's been my favorite find for a basic coop. And it looks pretty flexible, like you just add another section to make it bigger.
www.thegardencoop.com
It has instructions that you order.
 

Backyard_Chicken_rancher

Songster
9 Years
Feb 7, 2010
953
19
131
BackYard Chicken Ranch, TEXAS
Storey's guide to raising chickens has exactly what youare looking for it even shows you how to plan it for you yard/run in 1/4's so you might want to buy that book or get it from your local lib. (I bought mine and the latest edition) there is so much information in them for starters it is a great book.
 

CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,719
20
184
Minneapolis, MN
My Coop
My Coop
Quote:
Paul, this is good advice. It certainly is wise to determine a complete materials list (and confirming measurements at the hardware/lumber store) PRIOR to finalizing design and making purchases. Thanks for reminding!
 

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
4,902
246
326
DFW
Quote:
True, although you can splice pieces of wire together if need be. I overlap the wire sections a couple of inches, and then use Loxit clips to fasten the pieces together in an alternating pattern, left to right, every few inches.
 

mikecnorthwest

Songster
10 Years
Mar 27, 2009
559
11
141
Vancouver, WA
My Coop
My Coop
Short answer... there are not books that tell you step by step how to make a coop. I was frustrated as well when I first started my flock.

I will also recommend the garden coop. The plans are very comprehensive and are step by step. If I had to do it over again, the garden coop is what I would do. I have a friend building one now and I've seen the coop at the designers home. Here's the link. You can even see some sample pages.

www.thegardencoop.com
 

tcap

Hatching
9 Years
Mar 8, 2010
4
0
7
I found one online that I was able to use - it is an A-Frame Chicken Tractor that was pretty easy to construct - granted you have some tools. I don't see a way to attach a document in here - but if you email me I will send you what I used. Like I said - it got the job done and my tractor/ark is painted and ready to roll (literally). I found a pair of training wheels for a bike at Goodwill for 2 bucks for my wheels. Good luck.
 

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