My cheap chicken condo coop...(pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Steve, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    I am just about done with my chicken coop, and today was a beautiful day to work on it.

    I am a building contractor and always have left over scaps of wood, siding, roofing etc,..so I figure I have an actual $160.00 into what I had to buy, and that was some 2x6's, a plexiglass windo and fence/posts.

    Here are some pics of my coop, and even though it isn't anything grand and glorious....it will suit my needs.

    A view from the front....the left portion was a old deer hunting blind I had back in the woods, so I brought it up and joined it to the newer structure. The deer blind was 4 x 6 and the newer structure (right) is 5 x 8.

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    View from the side entrance door....I'll be glad when my son gets that bed liner out of my place and back in his truck.

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    Opening up the screen door you can see a door to the smaller (deer blind) portion of the coop where the feeder and waterer is as well as the roosting perches.

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    Then opening up the second sreen door you can see all the way in.

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    My cousin gave me these nesting boxes.

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    Then directly above the nesting boxes I started making a brooder which uses dead space above the nest boxes that I didn't want the hens roosting on....it isn't quite done yet.

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    And since it was such a nice day I let the flock out for the first time and kept a watchful eye on them. They were having a ball.

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    Thanks for taking the tour of my cheap chicken condo.....
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Good job, Steve! I love using things from construction site dumpsters and burn piles. Built some great stuff from what would have been wasted, too.
     
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    looks good - and your chickens look so happy to have green grass to scratch around in.

    They'll have it down to dirt in no time, but they will enjoy it while it lasts! [​IMG]
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What a great coop! You need a tractor to move them around in so the grass isn't scratched bare. Great job, Steve!
     
  5. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    NY
    WOW - I am impressed. I love the fact that you used a lot of Scraps.
     
  6. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    Quote:Yeah, that is also in the works. I am planning on making one using a pickup topper that my son didn't need anymore....whatever the dimension of that topper is plus add on about four more feet to the length, a couple feet in heigth excluding topper heigth, which would roughly make it a 5x12 and use the John Deere lawn tractor to move the heavy thing.....I'll start saving up more left over lumber from the jobsite.
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Steve I think that is a fabulous coop. It looks well constructed, roomy and secure...once you cover the top of that run area hehehehehe

    Well done and if it is inexpensive... it is better!
     
  8. Stumpy

    Stumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it looks quite grand, a very finished look.
     
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    WOW! Great coop! Thanks for the tour! [​IMG]
     
  10. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    Steve,

    The coop looks great!! I love how you added the brooder up top, great idea!! Wow, those are alot of nest boxes!! Me thinks you need MORE chickens!! hehehe [​IMG]
     

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