1. MadAussieInUSA

    MadAussieInUSA Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2008
    So, after slaving away for twice as long as it should have taken, spent twice as much as it should have cost, and hefted it (it weighed... twice as much as I anticipated!) lol...

    Roughly, 5 foot wide x 6 foot long and about 6 foot high. There are two barred plymouth rocs and two (either black sex links or black australoprs... I think they are sex links tho)... Lots of red barn paint and white killz oil based primer... and copious use of zipties...

    the run is about 4ft by 8ft by 4ft

    The heroic saga is as follows;

    Well, it was about 40 degrees out today, just warmer than water freezing temperature. It felt like it was going to snow all day. But, we persevered and got set to let the chickens out. Alexander even helped out with some crying and screaming and moaning about the cold. Come on, Alexander, we need help--not complaining!



    The first step was to get the cinder blocks out for the coop to sit on.


    Then Stu and I carried out the base to put on the cinder blocks.



    The next step was the frame of the coop--this is the heavy part that is very awkward to lift. It's about 6.5 feet tall and lifting it above the base to get it in the right place was VERY hard!


    Eventually, though, after much laughing and dropping on Joy's end, we got it up.


    I took Alexander in then to warm up. It was a little cold out for him. We had lunch while Stu put the doors in place.


    We tied the run to the cinder blocks to try to keep any wild animals from getting in--and the neighborhood dogs that run around all over the place


    Stu put the ladder into the run and then it was done!



    Stu hung the food and water until we can get hooks for them.


    And after we let the chickens be inside the coop for a bit, we got them out so they could see around. They're cold and scared, but hopefully they'll snap out of it soon!


    Well, it was a family effort, but, the chickens, they are out!



    As an aside, it was 23F here last night... Joy was relieved to see them all alive when we peeked in the nest box and opened the hatch for the day.

    It was the first time I ever really built anything, and erm.. I aint no builder! (Which explains the cost/time/wieght/everything multiplied by 2)... One thing I had to skimp on was the wire, it was not the 'good' stuff, the stronger hardware cloth, so I had to make do with what I could get

    I think the nest boxes came out too small, and the run didn't get painted (at this point Joy was adamant that the chickens leave our basement bathroom they had been staying in...)..

    I'd rather have unhappy cold chickens + unpainted run than angry wife with cold feet in bed!
  2. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Great job! Cute son too!
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Awwww great looking coop and run. I can relate to the house chickens, I have 21 in my basement right now!!! The hens are beautiful and look like they will enjoy their new set up. You did alot better then we did with our first coop. Great job, Great family [​IMG]
  4. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    They will love it outside. Cute coop!
  5. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Very nice! You little one is just darling [​IMG]
  6. lesterlu

    lesterlu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    VERY NICE JOB madaussie. you inspired me to get out there today and try to get my roof up!

    from the roost and roof vent, it looks like you put some great thought into your design-nice.

    i keep making changes and after two expansions in the plans (during construction-not before) i wish i had doubled the size again! i like how simple your process and lines are. next time i am going much simpler.

    ok, i am back out there in our 40 degree day! thanks for motivating me.
  7. SSO202

    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    Hey man great job on the coop and run. A couple quick suggestions for you though. You may want to take precautions like burying wire around the base of the run to prevent digging predators like foxes from getting inside the run. Also the holes in the chicken wire could allow for racoons to get their paws inside there.

    I found out about the food container not having a cover over it and when it rains it make a mess of that feeder.

    Good Luck!

  8. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    That is a nice little outfit.
  9. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Nice coop and run [​IMG]
  10. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    good job

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