My $100.00 coop and run (picture heavy)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Twiztedrods, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Twiztedrods

    Twiztedrods In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2009
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    When I told my wife I was going to get some chickens she looked at me like I was nuts. We raised parrots (had over 100 at one point) for awhile and had gotten away from it because of the mess and expense. They were all in the house [​IMG] it was really loud in the morning to say the leaste.

    Well, the wife is used to my eccentricities after 24 years and said as long as I didn't spend any money she would put up with the chickens. I started looking around the house and gathering materials. What I didn't have I asked friends for and they hooked me up with scrap lumber and misc. parts and peices. Here is what I came up with....


    The base frame is from an old bed frame and the pipes are pipe peices are from a drain pipe I had to change out at work. It was for draining rain water. The plywood was given to me by a friend that had it for hurricane boards but no longer needed it. I used extra fence pickets I had laying around for the sub floor then covered them with plywood. I then laid commercial tile that I found on the floor so clean up would be easier.


    Taken from ideas I found on BYC I built the nesting boxes on the outside of the coop for easier access and added a flip up roof so I can gather eggs easier.


    I added a poop board directly outside of the nesting boxes to make clean up easier and to give the hens easier access to the boxes. My brooder is sitting in the coop in this picture, I wanted to make sure it would fit in there for when I move the chicks out of the house and into the coop.

    I lost all of the pics of the rest of the build, but here is the finished product,



    I added the chains and locks to keep anyone or anything from gaing access to my birds.

    Here is the inside, one of the roost logs is down on the floor because I have been moving the brooder in and out of the coop to get the chicks acclimated.

    Since the coop is so small I am going to be feeding out side. I covered an area with hurricane panels to keep the rain out of the feed area. I am using a 3"pvc pipe cut in half for a feed trough. I put the little roof over it to keep the birds from roosting on the feed trough and pooping in the food.

    I am using the water jug for water and will put an oil drain pan under it when I move the birds out to the coop.

    Here are the future residents.....


    This is my first coop and run and I am sure it is not quite right, so any suggestions will be appreciated. I have a few weeks before the birds will move in so I have time to make changes. I originally designed it for 8 birds, 7 hens and one rooster. Now that the chicks are here (15) the wife who was skeptic at first wants to keep them all [​IMG] So now I will need to build an addition onto the coop and run to accomodate 15 birds. I am back on the prowl for free materials to work with.

    All I had to buy was the posts and a few of the 2x4s all other material was gathered from around the house or given to me. I think I am going to go ahead and fence off a large area of the back yard with field fencing so they can free range and that will fix the run problem, but the coop is going to have to triple in size. It is only 15 square feet. Maybe I will just wall off the original run and make that the coop. Then the coop will be 84 square feet. I could then turn the small coop into a brooder and isolation pen.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
    wow!!! looks great! Love the decor.

    I'll be putting up my finish pics on Monday...I don't wanna know how much I spent on everything.[​IMG]

    My suggestion would be to have 1/2" hardware cloth where ever you have the wire (I couldn't really tell, but it looked like some of the wire was bigger than 1/2").

    As for size, think 4 sq ft per chicken in coop...10 sq ft per chicken in run.

    Poop board should be under roosts, not nesting boxes.

    This is all I have to suggest, but you did an amazing job...and the fact that you only spent $100 makes it even more amazing!!!!
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Cute chicks.

    Coop looks like it will work.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes, poop boards go under the roost. I would also suggest putting a board or boards at the bottom front of the nest boxes, about 3 inches high, to keep the hens from kicking out the bedding material in the nest boxes.

    Other than that (and the hardware cloth instead of chicken wire), I think you did a great job! Actually, it's a great job, those are just suggestions for improving on a great job. [​IMG]

    I also notice how your wife just helped you experience the effects of "chicken math," too.
  5. Twiztedrods

    Twiztedrods In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2009
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Thanks gryeyes and Lisa202. I never thought of the board at the bottom front of the nesting boxes I will do that tomorrow. I will also add some poop boards under the roosting logs. I think I have a line on some more plywood for free so I will be able to enlarge the coop. Now if one of my friends will hook me up with some free fencing and posts I will be set to build a free range area for them.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  6. Awesome use of what you had available and it even has a certain "style'' !!!! I love it!! [​IMG]
  7. OH and by the way.....[​IMG] !! [​IMG]
  8. Mofarmgirl

    Mofarmgirl Songster

    Jul 17, 2010
    S.E. Missouri
    You did a great job! I'm a big fan of making use of what's laying around..may not look pretty but if it works, what more do ya need?!
  9. crazeetxn

    crazeetxn In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Texas

    Isn't it amazing how far $100 will go these days!!! Great job putting it together!
  10. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

    Sep 28, 2008
    [​IMG] Freek!!! [​IMG]

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