My new coop project

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tammyd57, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A couple weeks ago I saw an ad in Craigslist with this picture:

    It's an 8' X 24' fireworks stand. It's made out of 8' X 8' panels that are bolted together. All the front panels are 1/3 hardware cloth and 2/3 plywood. Should let in lots of light and air. The section along the top that says 'fireworks' is hinged to fold down over the wire sections. There are 3 shelves along the back wall and one along the front. It has full sized doors on each end.

    So I bought one! Of course I did, he only wanted $200. The lumber alone would have been over $500, and I don't even want to THINK about all the hours of measuring, cutting, nailing etc. it would have taken (not to mention bandaids, muscle rub and pain meds) to build something this big from scratch.
    We've been getting it all put together over the last couple days. It didn't take long at all to bolt it all together, maybe 2 hours total. It took a LOT longer to put down a foundation of concrete bricks so the wood wouldn't be on the ground as it isn't made with any treated lumber and we have termites in our soil. It has a dirt floor.
    I've been taking pictures of the progress and will be posting those starting tomorrow after I take the roof pics.
    The thing came with enough 'extra' panels to make it actually 32' long, and we are dividing it into 4 separate 8' X 8' rooms. There weren't enough roof panels to cover more than 2 of the rooms so we put galvanized tin roofing (that I whitewashed to reflect our strong summer sun) on half of it, the other half has plywood covered in roofing paper. The two rooms with wood ceilings are going to be a storage room & an incubating/brooding room. The other two will be breeder pens for the Barnevelders we want to get in the Spring. The inside divider walls will be chicken wire. Yay! I actually get to use CHICKEN WIRE for something useful! Who would have thought? LOL
    The ceilings are 8' high. I've never had a coop that I couldn't reach the ceiling. SO much space.
    So far we have the foundation, the walls and roof, and framing for the inside dividers/doors finished. The storage room is whitewashed with 2 coats and looks great!
    The outside of the building has a LOT of advertising banners and posters covering it, and they are all glued on with gorilla glue or something cuz we can't get em off! Those will have to be painted over. We bought a 5 gallon bucket of barn red paint, hoping it will be dark enough to cover.
    Anyways, this is really an exciting project for me and I am just thrilled by finding such a great deal! [​IMG]
    More to come tomorrow.............
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    What a lot of fun!! Hope you leave the "FIREWORKS" up there!! [​IMG]
  3. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:DH and I had a 'discussion' about the "FIREWORKS" poster. [​IMG] We agreed that ONE picture of the purple hooded phantom could stay, but everything else is getting painted over. [​IMG]

    Mainly because the Sheriff has already been here asking to see our permit to sell fireworks, LOL
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  4. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    Wow can't wait to see how this progresses. [​IMG]
  5. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a really slow internet connection so it might take as long to upload all the pictures as it takes to finish this coop! [​IMG]
    But here are the panels in my brother's trailer behind my house:


    DH (on left) & Brother unloading the trailer.


    Everything stacked on the ground:


    Bricks being laid out:

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    WOW. Just wow. WOW. What a score!

    And what an interesting project! How freakin' cool is that!!!

    Hey, I'm getting bantam Barnevelder hatching eggs shortly! Interested in any chicks if I am successful in hatching more than one or two pullets????

    Regardless of your answer, I'm gonna follow this thread - NIFTY project!
  7. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Gryeyes: Bantam Barnevelders? [​IMG] errr.......I wanted the bantams, but DH thinks the eggs are too small [​IMG]
    Who are you getting your eggs from?
    "What dear? Why are those hens so small? Oh, no, they aren't bantams, they are still growing...........heh heh heh........" I wonder if that would work? [​IMG]
  8. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some of the walls up:
    (I forgot to reset the date stamp on my camera [​IMG])

    Gratuitous pic of Vern and Puffy watching the construction:
    They might be getting just a lil bit jealous about now, since they live in a slum coop [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  9. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    WAY cool score!! I absolutely love to see miscellaneous structures converted into coops. I'm going to be watching this, too [​IMG]
  10. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I love how you are reusing that stand! I think it is going to come out great! Can't wait to see how the finished coop looks. When I was getting ready to build my newest coop I saw fireworks stands in our local version of Craigs List but they were much smaller and in terrible shape. What a great find for you!

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