My first coop. (New pic of todays progress on page 23)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Suburban chick farmer 09, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three months ago, while I was looking up greenhouses, I came across a chicken coop. I started googling and came across this site and have been hooked ever since.

    It seemed like an eternity waiting for the local feed store to receive their chicks. The day they arrived I raced down there and purchased twelve. I built a brooder (4x2) which they quickly out grew and it has since been replaced by a cardboard box (5x5).

    Today was a beautiful day, so I decided to start the coop. I picked a location that would be as far as possible from the neighbors. Which was made possible by 1/2 acre lots backed by common ground.

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    I started by building 2 temporary 8x8 boxes which i crossed taped to square. I used one to mark the locations for my posts and after digging to hold posts into position. The other was used at the top of the posts to hold them in position and keep them square till the concrete dries.

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    Tomorrow weather permitting I will remove temp boxes and frame the floor.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice job so far. [​IMG]
     
  3. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello to another Missourian!! [​IMG]

    Yep [​IMG] ...you are hooked ![​IMG]

    [​IMG]....Great job so far...cant wait to see the completed coop!

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  4. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is our disease THAT contagious??? I had no idea..... Oh well, "sorry". I guess we are the New Invasion of the Body Snatchers!
     
  5. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Way to go on that foundation. I have always used the method of wrapping the posts with joists or wall supports. He took it one better by having this repeat at near the bottom. You could make a slide out bottom like mine at this point if you wanted. You would noy believe how easy it is to clean or replace the bottom. Take a look at my website and see if it's something you might want.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=17397
     
  6. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dr.Doorlock :

    Way to go on that foundation. I have always used the method of wrapping the posts with joists or wall supports. He took it one better by having this repeat at near the bottom. You could make a slide out bottom like mine at this point if you wanted. You would noy believe how easy it is to clean or replace the bottom. Take a look at my website and see if it's something you might want.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=17397

    Your coop looks great I love the window under the nest box. I thought about making the part under the roost pull out for easy cleaning.​
     
  7. Stumpy

    Stumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great! Keep those photos coming!
     
  8. G Wiz Ranch

    G Wiz Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More photos please! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The rain held out long enough to complete the floor today.

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    I couldn't have done it without my little helper.

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    The chicks just had to check out the progress.

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    That was all the salvaged lumber I had, so I guess its off to the lumber yard.
     
  10. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Looks really good so far! Looks like those chicks have given it the stamp of approval [​IMG]
     

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