need cheap ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by corey mcafee, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. corey mcafee

    corey mcafee New Egg

    Aug 29, 2010
    my chicken coop is very very run down and i would like to build my chickens a new coop this spring but i dont have alot of money to spare so any and all cheap coop and run designs will help alot. Thanks
  2. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    in the search bar, type "our hoop house" (minus the quotation marks). I am in the same situation as you and that is my plan for the near future.
  3. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    What about a pallette coop out of salvaged pallettes. Type it into the search bar many BYCers have made them they work great>
  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    The Hoop houses are great for areas with very little ground predators like coyotes, opossum, and coons. How many hens fo you have, the breeds, and also where are you located?
  5. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    The way to get the most for the least is to learn the art of the Scrounge! Ask everyone you know what they are willing to contribute to the cause (cause your broke!! [​IMG]). The free section of craig's list is awesome as well, and be aware of all recycling sites. Pallets and shipping crates are great options. Lowe's and Home Depot usually have culled pieces of material that are cheaper. You need to get down and dirty to be Cheap!!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  6. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Are there any local small sawmills, near you?....You can get a load of slabs, with bark on them, for next to nothing...Great for a multitude of projects, if you aren't subject to termites and rot.

    I've mentioned it before. You can get used bill board tarps for about $75. These are generally, about 15'x45' and 20 mil vinyl...Designed to last a full 5 years, in the sun.
  7. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    The another cheap option is shipping box.
  8. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    North Idaho
    I dont know where you are located but there are hundreds of local Yahoo groups called "freecycle". I LOVE this group. I have given away and received so much great stuff I cant even tell you. You DO have to give things away too. For example: I need some used fence wood for exterior paneling on my coop Im building this weekend (wild west theme) So I put a post to the group: WANTED: Hi group, I am building a chicken coop and need used fence wood. I would be grateful if you have any you can part with. and if anyone has what I need they respond to me and I go get it. FREE. And I would make a post for example: OFFER-working coffee pot. Pick up in the Clovis area. and if they want my coffee pot I put it on the porch with their name on it and they come get it. It is so great really. It is free stuff and recyling all together. Good luck with your project!
  9. KenLamWV

    KenLamWV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Bridgeport, WV
    try and search for wooden kids playhouses that some kids may have outgrown and the parents might look at giving away for selling for a cheap price. Just make sure its structurally sound. Thanks for mentioning this, I might try to find one in my area to repurpose.
  10. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    what I did when building, well I had the shed already just had to do up the inside and fence, was to buy a little of what I needed at a time. One week I bought the fence posts, a few weeks later I bought the fence, few weeks later I bought a roll of insulation, etc. I also used pallets and paneling my son got when someone was taking down a trailer. Ive seen on here people who started with a small camper, free shed from the newspaper or a large packing crate. It also depends on where you live and what kind of conditions your birds need to be protected from.

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