New Coop ***Pic Heavy***

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kbarrett, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. kbarrett

    kbarrett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spent several months scrounging wood from dumpsters and local businesses. The windows were bought at an auction ($13 for 5 of them) same with the plywood, $64 for 35 sheets, paint $3/gal and a huge box maybe 25lbs of finishing nails for $2. We have to buy some new stuff but most was rescued from the burn or bought cheaply at local auctions. The dimensions are 6'x8'.


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    My friend with the hat, happens to be a woodworker and happens to OWE ME BIG TIME [​IMG] . I don't think he expected the favors called in on a chicken coop! He gave alot of technical advice and explanations to us nonbuilders why what were planning to do here & there wasn't going to work.

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    The walls going up.

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    DH & I were proud we framed the windows ourselves !
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    The roof getting started (expert doing the work [​IMG] )

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    The door is framed.....we made one out of the thickest sheet of plywood.

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    I really wanted lots of light, I loved other pics posted of using the clear panels as skylights but got blank stares when I brought it up? So We went with having it on the top of the south wall. It really lights up the coop, the only thing I would have changed is painting the studs that are visible. But I am very happy with the light it lets in.


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    The painting crew...

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    DH putting on the shingles which along were the black paper were free. Neither of us ever laid shingles before, we've had some good t-storms & no leaks [​IMG]

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    My son testing the pop door opening.
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    The run consists of 4 pallet walls of which I have free supply from a business down the road. They come from Germany so the sizes are a little off as they make walls withing sea containers with them. We broke quite a few apart to use as studs in the coop. These we left whole to use as the walls of the run. We utilized our exisiting fence as the rear wall. We're going to attempt a large shed out of them as they just get burned if not used by someone!
    This is the girls out in their new run for the first time, I still have to make a little ramp but they jump in and out with no effort. The garbage can is for storing their feed.

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    Chicken soup, chicken fingers, fried chicken, chicken 'n dumplings, chicken gumbo.......I think Raven was planning the weeks' menu. He's been good so far (supervised) but I don't think we'll be free ranging anywhere around him [​IMG]
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  2. ab2401

    ab2401 Out Of The Brooder

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    WOW that is really nice.... want to come make me one? HAHAHA


    Good job!
     
  3. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Inside! Inside! Show the inside!

    LOOKS GREAT!
     
  4. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    Awesome! Love the clear panels at the top and your run construction is brilliant. [​IMG]
     
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    NICE COOP!!!!
     
  6. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    Very nice coop and run! I love that you wanted to have the extra light in the coop. I don't think you can have too much light! Love it!
     
  7. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Looks awesome!!!!!!!! Love it!!! Oh and i like the blue!
     
  8. kbarrett

    kbarrett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the kind comments! There's a few finishing touches to be done.....the ramp, a small piece for under the human door and a permanent roost. I haven't started on nest boxes yet....I have a few months to decide to put them inside with outside access or have the nest boxes on the outside....although I really liked some ideas others have with the milk crates, plastic storage drawers [​IMG]
    I think I'll sit back and enjoy them for a few weeks before making yet another decision [​IMG]
     
  9. DaveMN

    DaveMN Out Of The Brooder

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    great job on the coop and it is from salvaged/auction material. I am jealous of the run you made as it is a think of beauty and looks lit it is nice and strong.
     
  10. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Thats fantastic!:)Your chickens seem to think so too!
     

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