Newbie 8x8 coop started

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Volvo Farmer, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Volvo Farmer

    Volvo Farmer Out Of The Brooder

    37
    0
    32
    Mar 6, 2011
    I had a whole bunch of old lumber saved up from scrounging over the years and have stated to build my coop. Plan is for a 8x8 with a shed roof sloping to the north. The window in the picture faces south. There will be another 3'x3' window facing east. Floor is 3/4 plywood from old concrete forms. 15 pullets ordered from Cackle to be delivered mid May. The cool thing is that I have not had to go to the hardware store for anything but the pavers that sit under the legs yet. Everything else has been scrounged or saved up from previous projects. I even had the windows laying around here.

    More pics to come as it comes together. This is gonna be fun![​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    EDIT. Here's more pictures from today's progress. I think I'm going to spring for some new T-111 to side it with. And I don't have enough 2x6's to frame the roof. And I need to build steps and a platformfor people to get into the thing. So I'll probably have a couple hundred into it before I'm done.

    I'm assuming I want to make the door swing out? If I do deep-litter method, that would seem to not work so well if the door swings in.

    Thanks for reading [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011
  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    looks great [​IMG]
     
  3. LAseramas KP

    LAseramas KP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    LA , SoCal
    wow congrats on the free build hope to see more pics looking great and looks huge btw
     
  4. Chicken0Boy

    Chicken0Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Thats a good start!
     
  5. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

    360
    0
    99
    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    Did you put it on the pavers so you could move it later? or are you going to tie it down? Just wondering - since I live in 'hurricane alley', whatever I build is started with 4x4's dug down at least 3 feet! (I hate it when little buildings blow away)[​IMG]
     
  6. Volvo Farmer

    Volvo Farmer Out Of The Brooder

    37
    0
    32
    Mar 6, 2011
    I don't think the wind will blow it over here. We actually have clay soil and if it stays wet for a few weeks, the posts would probably sink up
    to the floor joists! This building is liable to be quite heavy as I have a whole stack of this 3/4 plywood and that will probably be the walls and the roof.

    Plus, you never know, if I get tired of chickens some time down the road, we could move it and use it for a storage building.
     
  7. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    First let me say welcome to Byc

    And...
    ........

    .......

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Spudd dud

    Spudd dud Out Of The Brooder

    39
    0
    22
    Mar 8, 2011
    Mondovi
    Quote:[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. Spudd dud

    Spudd dud Out Of The Brooder

    39
    0
    22
    Mar 8, 2011
    Mondovi
    I did the same thing as far as reuse goes. I had a cement pad that I cleaned off (old crappy shed), used some old semi-trailer doors of the exterior of the walls and roof. I dumpster dived a pile of 2x4s for the studs, roof beam and rafters. The same dumpster had clear plastic panels (for windows). Then at work I scrounged up some 3/8" and 1/2" plywood that we get in shippments from china (they are certified by customs even!!) used those to sheeth the entire inside. Even used a florecent light fixture and can lights from previous projects!

    Reusing probobly saved me hundreds![​IMG]
     
  10. NaeNae

    NaeNae Out Of The Brooder

    36
    0
    22
    Mar 12, 2011
    South Gippsland
    WOW thats going to be a chook MANSION [​IMG] so are you following any plans or just making it up as you go along?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by