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New coop built, now to finish it out!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChestnutRidge, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In exchange for a leather motorcyle jacket, my DH's good friend helped us to build an 8x8 chicken coop this weekend! He is a former contractor and can do all of this stuff in his head (which is why I really don't have anything for the coop contest. Our coop is actually based on BYC user elmo's just-the-right-coop, but we strayed a bit because of location, materials, and our builder's whims.

    I am posting about this on my blog (link in signature) but thought I'd share here as well!

    I am so excited I could dance! I thought the coop would turn out much smaller than it is, but even in the back it is 6 feet tall, 8-foot in front!

    We still need to: put up hardware cloth & mosquito netting, trim windows & vents, create and install vent covers, create & install pop door and ramp, add all hooks/hinges/chains, add roost, paint inside and out, and probably 100 other things I'm forgetting. We had old windows and a door which we found in our crawlspace, but, right now, it's still running about $850 so obviously we are not very good at finding usable materials. Oh, well, I still love it and it will bring me great enjoyment! Here's some pictures of the progress so far:

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    View from the coop:
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    Today we got on the tar paper, roof, and door. I'll post updated pictures tomorrow!
     
  2. claudicles

    claudicles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks fabulous. No wonder you are excited. [​IMG]
     
  3. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! [​IMG] I almost want to drag out a sleeping bag and go spend the night in there, but I am restraining myself. DH says I don't need a play-house because I have a real house. [​IMG]
     
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks very good built, and a very nice design too. congrats.
     
  5. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The door is up and a coat of paint on the outside! [​IMG]
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  6. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's really cute! [​IMG]
     
  7. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ginger c. :

    it's really cute! [​IMG]

    Thanks!

    Today I put up window screen and hardware cloth on the windows and vents. We'll trim the windows and vents with wood which will cover the edges.
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    Then I got a little sidetracked... Boy, is it ever time for the little poopers to move to a bigger brooder!
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    Hopefully I'll get more done tomorrow!​
     
  8. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your coop is really nice! Fun to watch your progress.
     
  9. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great start....Good ventilation and good predator protection [​IMG] (based on the brush, you're going to need it)

    Waiting to see what happens tommorrow [​IMG]
     

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