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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pacific23, Jan 15, 2012.
Another weekend or two and she will be done.
I am JEALOUS! I have been trying to get a coop built for months! We are suppose to start on ours begining of Febuary.
Well what a nice start you have there!
Looking forward to seeing your progress and the happy chickens.
gg, the coolest thing I have used so far is an Air Nailer for the 1/4"X11/4" staples on the 1/2" X 19ga wire mesh , YEAH BABY, I'm 61 2"X4"X8' ers , 3 sheets of 1/2" CDX , 5 sheets of 3/4" CDX for box/egg box and coup door.
I will need a few more 2X4s to frame the man door and the inside of the coup door.
I kind of copied a house that a family did in Kansas , it's in the medium coup pictures. We plan to have 5 or 6 birds.
I do have to get some 1"X4" to cover the wire on each stud to help hold the wire in place and help dress it up.
Did use Deck sealer/stain on ALL sides of ALL wood used, we pre coated the wood pryer to any cuts then touched up the cuts when cut to size.
P.S. I love my 12" Dewalt chop saw and the work horse stand its on.
City Chicks, Thanks , ALL my ideas came from BYC, you guys are AWESOME.
Digging the footing for the cinder blocks was FUN in our red rocky soil , hope it keeps the critters out.
WOW, that's fast!. And it's a nice looking coop! I've been working on mine since October and I'm still not done. I bet you things done right the first time. I've never built a coop before so, I have a lot of back tracks and revisions. I think the most annoying thing was installing latches upside down (so dah!).
Joan, I have been lucky, I have 2 friends that come help and that speeds things up real fast . So far we have 4 days in for construction . Egg box is next then slider door then Man door and coup door.
Need to hit the lumber store again Monday , this thing eats 2"X4"s faster than **** though a Goose . LOL
I figure I will have about $700.00 in it when done and it's funny , it seems like when I buy something some one will go ..." Hey , I have that and you can have it " or " Joe Bob has some of that real cheap."
So I guess what I'm trying to say is be patient and plan ahead for your materials.
Guess I'm out of order but here is the footing with the basic walls up.
FYI, it takes 22 8"X8"X16" cinder blocks and the same in Cap stones to make a 5' X 10' footing and all of my studs are doubled 2" X 4"s , seal plate is pressure treated .
The costs add up fast, don't they? I'm using old fence wood, and left over house paint, so that has saved some money. But, it seems like I spend 30 to 100 bucks at home depot or Lowe's 1-2x/week. I've used 5 or 6 rolls of hardware cloth. The screws, nuts and bolts, washers, hog rings, latches, fence pipe, cattle panels and sheet metal plates all cost money. I refuse to add it all up. I don't want to know.