My first coop and run: Build in progress

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Underwhere, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. Underwhere

    Underwhere Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2010
    I figured I'd document my adventure from the beginning in the hopes that I can gather advice along the way as well as motivate myself to continue.
    During this long weekend I took advantage of some of my free time to get started.

    Day 1: Sept 4
    Scrapped my original plans to build a coop from scratch and just bought a Little Tikes playhouse. The playhouse has a wall on a hinge so it will be somewhat convenient to get in for cleaning.
    Pressure washed my fence so that I can paint it before putting the run in front of it.

    One section of my fence powerwashed.

    Little Tikes coming off the truck. (Interior is still complete)

    Beginning the removal of the interior table, kitchen sink and kitchen cabinets

    Power washed the playhouse and mocked up the height with some jack stands.
    Tried spray painting the color to see how it will look. Going for a red barn type of look. Red/burgundy with white trim. I may leave the roof blue or may paint it to be like shingles.

    Day 2: Sept 5
    Painting my fence and starting the framing on the run (pics to come)
  2. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
  3. Quailbuddy

    Quailbuddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2010
    Sonoma County CA
    ooh tell us how the pinting turns out! I would love to do that to mine but i am worried about the paint "Sticking" .... [​IMG]
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    If you can, put it up on a platform with a floor under it. It is soooooooooo much easier trying to reach into it than having to get down on your hands and knees to do it!! I build a floor using a pallets as the framing, covered it with with plywood and vinyl fooring. Then set it on top of a plastic pallet to help prevent moisture coming up thru the floor.
  5. LittleMamaBigPapa

    LittleMamaBigPapa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Bellevue, Nebraska
    THis will be very interesting! [​IMG]

    What state are you in with all those amazing trees??
  6. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Can't wait to see how this turns out!
  7. Underwhere

    Underwhere Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2010
  8. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Oh man I am going to go nutty if you build a good coop with that.I had one and finally got someone to buy the thing this past month.I gotta hide this thread or dh will complain when I ask him to buy a shed for the hens!
  9. surfchicken72

    surfchicken72 Chillin' With My Peeps

    how does one winterize coops made of plastic? Just curious what the plan is. (I'm in MA, also)
  10. Underwhere

    Underwhere Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2010
    Quote:I had an idea to cut the bottom of the plastic open and then just shove insulation inside of it (between the walls) but I'm not sure how feasible that is.

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