My gazebo - uhh I mean chicken coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pbjmaker, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    This is our chicken coop so far. We had torn down a gazebo last summer at an apartment complex that had gone low income. The neighborhood kids were destroying it so we got to take it for free ( It was still pretty sound- just needed a few repairs)

    Anyhow - then I found chickens. I was determined to keep the cost of the coop down since I just quit my job so I can student teach this school year. So I forfieted my gazebo for the chickens - oh the sacrifices we make...

    So here is what we have so far. We have only spent about $40 for hinges/shingles and one sheet of plywood. It will have cedar siding that was on the gazebo and then painted black and white to match the house/garage/shed. The nest box is made out of an old cabinet we had and the doors are the "shutters" for the windows. It will have a linoleum floor.
    I am trying to get my 16 year old artist to make a mural for the doors. I told him he could put it in a portfolio. He just groaned at me.

    I'm just glad the chickens can't read - there is still some pretty graphic graffitti on the inside.

    Some of the junk we started with:


    Lemon-aide - Hot Dogs anyone?


    It was like putting a puzzle together:


  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Wow, u started with straight up junk and it actually looks decent!!! We started with a 16x8 premade shed, then had to move it 35 miles and reassemble it. Doesn't look NEAR as good as that!!!
  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    A gazebo chicken coop would be great down here--(covered with hardware cloth) LOTS of ventilation for the heat. . . . . [​IMG]
  4. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    That looks GREAT!!!
  5. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I am impressed, your material didn't look like much from the picture, but you succeed in turning into a great place for your chickens. [​IMG]
  6. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Thanks - there was some more stuff off to the side. The walls were mostly made from the roof of the gazebo which was 8 large triangles. We still need to side it and paint it and will also probably insulate and panel the inside. Even though they haven't been formally introduced to the coop - we left the liitle door open and I found "evidence" that someone was checking it out.[​IMG] Sneaky chickens! I hope to have it done by next weekend along with their "pen".
  7. olp_63

    olp_63 Songster

    correct me if I'm wrong but, all that and you only have 4 chicks?! that IS a sacrafice!
    But a good one for sure! That's what I call dedication!

  8. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Looks great. I can't wait to see it all painted!!!
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    That is some awesome recycling/reuse going on there. Tell your hubbub what a super job he's done. I like the Dutch-door coverings for the front.

    Personally I wish you'd left the graffitti on the outside and added a clear coat. You could always tell folks the chickens did it!
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2008
  10. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:I need to change my sig line...

    Actually I only have two of the original 4 chicks. I now have a 5 day old Ameraucana and 9 D'Uccles since the Amerecuana (I will remember some day the correct spelling) was lonely. The two older ones are a RIR and a Polish X Calico Cat.

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