New coop almost done!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by d_cat88, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. d_cat88

    d_cat88 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my new coop project, it will be 8'x10' with half dedicated to a storage area and half as the coop area. I will also have an 8' square run attached.
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    I should have about 6-8 hens when I am done. [​IMG]
     
  2. joy

    joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lucky chooks [​IMG]
     
  3. bluebird

    bluebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like it's going to be a nice size and nice design [​IMG]
     
  4. d_cat88

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    I found a returned window at lowes for $15 so that is the light source with two ventilation windows covered in window screen and hardware cloth. If anyone in the Amarillo area wants to come by this weekend and help me finish everything and put up the run then let me know [​IMG]. I am always willing to accept free labor.
     
  5. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cat88, I found the safest thing to do is run wire along the bottom to keep predators out. I have the 1/2 inch square wire a cross the bottom of my coop so nothing can get in even if they do dig under. My neighbor lost 25 chickens to just such cause. My pen is huge and surrounds the whole coop. I have a 10x10 coop with a 4x10 feeding room. Yours looks like it is going to be really nice though. I cannot wait to see it finished.
     
  6. d_cat88

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    I was going to run 3' hardware cloth around the bottom of the chicken wire for the pen and then also 1' into the pen and 2' out on the ground and cover the part outside the pen with bricks and rocks. I will also cover the top of the run which will be 6' tall so that I can walk into it with plenty of headroom.
     
  7. countrybum

    countrybum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pen is 9 feet tall, so I did not see the need for a top. Each panel is screwed down to landscape timbers and pretty darn heavy. So heavy when it rains the water takes awhile to drain completely out, so I am going to have to run a drain at the back side. I also have a skylight in my coop.
     
  8. d_cat88

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    I thought about putting in a skylight with clear lexan but I got this shed for $50 [​IMG] and I am just reusing most of the original material. There was also a bunch of paneling inside that came with it so the interior walls will be paneled.
     

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