(Pics Updated!)Newbie Chicken Coop Project (pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jakeolsen2219, May 18, 2009.

  1. jakeolsen2219

    jakeolsen2219 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I decided it was getting about that time that I needed to starting getting a coop going. I really liked a design that I found in the designs page, so I decided to go with it an make a few changes. I am looking to have 1 red star, 2 RIR's, and 1 Barred Rock. My wife is trying real hard for me to let her have a silkie or two, but I may build those their own coop if I end up giving in. She has given me basically a $0 budget to construct this, so luckily I have been able to find a lot of scrap wood, and have so far only paid for the wire.

    This is the basic base and platform that the coop will be constructed on:
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    At the end of day one I was basically at this point. I have the under run, run door, and chicken wire all in place. I am still in the planning stage for the full run, but I'm sure I'll find a way to fit it in. I put the chicks out for about a half an hour so that I could at least feel like I accomplished something:
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    Finally this is a picture of the run door. It will have a lock when it is finished, and it makes getting in or cleaning the under run a lot easier (I tested it [​IMG] ):
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    Hopefully I will be able to get the coop itself started later this week so that I don't have to keep carting the chicks in and out. I'll keep posting pics as I go, please let me know if you think I'm making any major boo boo's. [​IMG]
     
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  2. kick'n chick'n

    kick'n chick'n Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a great start!![​IMG]
     
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  3. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a fantastic start, good for you, and hey please post more pictures for us when finished.
     
  4. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice coop and run - keep us posted on updates and keep the pics coming!
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  5. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good job! Your wife sounds like me.....I want the cool coop with 0 money invested! [​IMG] I guess I am learning it does take a little money though. [​IMG]
     
  6. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice start, make sure you keep the pics coming.
     
  7. chills

    chills Out Of The Brooder

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    a $0 budget does make it tricky .. you've got a great start .. cant wait to see what you create .. thanks for sharing ..
     
  8. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks a lot like mine did when I started. I don't like plans, so I kind of designed as I went. I don't think I'll win the coop contest, but it was a lot of fun. I can't wait to see how you finish it.
     
  9. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks great so far. Can't wait to see it progress. And, i understand about the "chick carting". i am always getting more chickens before i have a place to put them, so always toting them from one temporary spot to the next until they finally have permanent digs. [​IMG] On the plus side, your chicks will bond with you more from all that personal touch. [​IMG]
     
  10. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Start! I think that the "learn-by-doing" method is pretty effective.

    Isn't it funny---when you have 2 people working on a project, one wants to spend more money on it (ME) and the other wants to spend as little as possible (DH)! [​IMG]
     

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