Looking for help plz - Newbie builder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ekafns, May 13, 2016.

  1. ekafns

    ekafns Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2016
    Hi all, looking at some of these coops I am simply overwhelmed, you guys look like architects.
    I have ZERO building experiences and was wondering if any one could point me into a direction to a step by step guide to building a coop.

    I currently have 6 bantams and 4 large size.
    I dont need much of a run, they will free range most of the day.

    Thanks so much for any assistance,

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  3. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2015
    I have posted these before in another thread. They are framing kits you can buy in various sizes. You don't need to cut any angles. If you make a list of how many 2x4's you need and what lengths you need them to be to one of the big box stores they will cut it for you. It is pretty much like assembling furniture from IKEA. Then you just screw plywood on to it (The box stores will cut this for you as well if you know all the measurements).



    Or, you can check Craigslist for coops. Just make sure you know what size you need. Usually the people who offer pre-made coops advertise them as suitable for more birds than you should really keep in them.

    Good luck!
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    What tools do you own, and know how to use? Hand saws and hammers? Or do have a circular saw? Table saw? Jig saw? Nail gun? Drill?

    Coops can be quite simple. Have you looked through the coop pages? Yeah, there are lots of fancy ones on there, but there are also some simple ones...
  5. ekafns

    ekafns Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2016
    I have a circular saw, hammer, drill and dont mind buying some stuff, but when I look at the pictures I have no idea how they got built. So like in cooking, I am just trying to find a "recipe", instead of a picture of a cake.

    I hope that makes sense.

    I appreciate the help, you guys are great.


  6. Have you tried youtube for any videos? Here is one that comes with plans.

  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Last edited: May 14, 2016
  8. ekafns

    ekafns Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2016
    Thanks guys, both of these are very helpful, gonna head to lowes/home depot today.
  9. Swurts

    Swurts Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2016
    Mid Illinois

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