1. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I started collecting cull wood from Home Depot the end of last summer. For $25.00 I loaded the bed of my pick-up with all dimentions of wood, none of them much longer than 4 feet.

    I built this almost completely by myself with a little assistance from my dad to help set the trusses and my 12 year old son to help set the tile. I hesitate to include plans because this is the biggest Mickey Mouse production I've ever encountered! I did break down and bought 3, 2 X 4 X 10's and 2, 4 X 8 sheets of plywood. The rest is piece work. Dimentions are 8' x 8' with the peak at 7' and side walls at 4' but they are up on skids so that puts them up at 4'8" from ground level. The tile was left over from our house and instead of using roofing board, I just did it the old mexican style - laying 1 x 4 runners across the trusses every 12 inches and then just laying the tile on them. I bought "oops paint" at Home Depot; $15.00 for 5 gallons of exterior in a tan color that just happened to match our house (that made my Husband really happy) and $5.00 for a gallon of chocolate brown for the trim.
    [​IMG] This is the back side. I've planted a yellow with orange tipped climbing rose on the trellis and used 1/4 inch welded wire for the windows.
    [​IMG] My Leghorn Roo is doing his weather vane impression.
    [​IMG]The front view. The inside is not done yet - it needs painted and I want nice nest boxes mounted to the walls. My hens should start to lay in the next few weeks so I need to hop to it. I still want to put more trim on to hide all the joints and add some custom painting too along with a fenced & covered run. Any ideas on what to name it?

    So far the coyotes have not been able to get at my birds but every morning they come up, circle around and leave. I'll add more pics as I get them. I haven't had alot of time to work on this.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009

  2. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rootstown Ohio
    That's AWESOME! Great job! Did you take pics during construction? This would make a great article for Mother Earth News. You are a trash to treasure Guru!!!
  3. jubylives

    jubylives Songster

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Gotta love getting good deals on building materials. Nice job. I laughed when I saw the cactus. I lived in Tucson for many years. Funny how everything there is either trying to bite, sting, poke or crawl on you. I always love the jumping cholla cactus. Stupid things are of the devil.

    Very nice coop. Looks like you had a suicide jumper. I hope everything came out ok. [​IMG]

  4. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Great coop and awesome roof [​IMG]
  5. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Songster

    Feb 21, 2009
    St. Louis MO
    Nice job. Im impressed that is all scrap lumber. I've tried to use as much salvaged lumber as possible for my coop.
  6. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Quote:Thanks! Believe me, Paint makes the world of difference! I did take some pictures but I have to find the chip they are on. This has been my relaxation therapy. I also built a goat milking stantion and another thing I don't know what to call. It's sort of like a wishing well but it really is to pull up water from an uncased well on our property. I'm also trying to build a Chuck Wagon. I still have tons of wood left over. Most of it is warped so it's being used as fire wood but I still have lots of plans for planters, yard decorations and garden projects.
  7. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Quote:I love the Desert but hate the summer heat! You can't beat the 80 degree weather we've had the last few weeks. We have over 100 saguaros on our 6 + acres plus ocotillos, barrels, prickley pear and tons of those blasted cholla. We have to burn them to get rid of them!

  8. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Very nice coop [​IMG] Great job!
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Great job! You've made a really nice coop, and used salvage, it doesn't get any better than that! [​IMG]

    LOVE the weathervane on top, it looks almost real! [​IMG]
  10. mainchick

    mainchick Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Southern CA
    YOU, MY FRIEND ARE VERY TALENTED! I have to say that I am a bit jealous. I really need to buckle down and learn the art of building things. You have inspired me!

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