Premade vs. My own

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by polloamante, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. polloamante

    polloamante Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so when my new chicks grow up I will have thirteen chickens, they will need a bigger coop. There is no question if a new coop is coming its just what to do, I'm not sure if a pre-made coop from mypetchicken, which is beautiful and can have many add ons, is worth the roughly $1,455-1,745, or should i just make my own, now normally i would just make it because thats just in my character, so I am wondering, with all the materials, effort and time which one will serve me the best i would really like some opinions, the ones online i can have electricity and automatic coop doors. I'm just on the fence, i would like the cheapest solution but i also want what is best for my ladies and what will look, function, and last me the best.

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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hands down, making your own is going to be cheaper. The pre-fab coops include the cost of materials, the labor and the shipping. If you build it yourself you only have the cost of materials and your own time.
     
  3. Hawgon

    Hawgon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with HEChicken, build is cheaper although you can check craigslist and/or classifieds to find used ones, which will save you alot of money. I got my coop for a $100 and it came with a feeder, waterer and a bag of bedding. I used my "saved" money and time to build add-ons and upgrades to it as well as to build the run. Just an idea.....Good luck with whatever you choose.
     
  4. jrsckn

    jrsckn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got an 8X8 shed kit from Lowes for $599, everything is precut and primed, all you need to do is assemble and customize to your liking. The only thing it doesn't come with is shingles so thats another $60. I do have to admit it was difficult cutting the holes for the vents in a brand new $600 shed though lol.
     
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've considered going the pre-cut shed route too, but generally they come with either no or only 1 window. By the time I modify it to my specs by adding windows and ventilation, and externally accessible nest boxes, the price starts to add up. I still think, if you have the building skills, doing it yourself will be cheaper. Or, as a PP said lookout for them on CL. I got my first coop for free off freecycle. I still have it and use it as my broody/hospital/chick coop & pen.
     
  6. ChickaChickaWow

    ChickaChickaWow Out Of The Brooder

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    We have about $750 into ours and I think we may have went a little overboard (first time and got a little excited.. LOL). If I built another one, I could probably do it for $550 - $600. The biggest thing I would do different would be to make it permanent by burying 4x4 pressure treated posts with some concrete. I added a ton of cost trying to make it 'semi-moveable'. I wasnt trying to make a 'chicken tractor', just something that I could move with a real tractor if the wife changes her mind where she wants it... the only way it's going to move now is with a bulldozer... LOL

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  7. jrsckn

    jrsckn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, it does add up quickly, I think 1 window kit is $80. We were going to build our own but dh and I had our own ideas and couldn't get them to mesh to we took the easy way out which meant no fighting lol

    We looked on craigs list for quite a while but with TSC's chick days it was flooded with people who got chicks and didn't think ahead and were begging for spare wood and such. I think by next year I'll build a few tractors and post them up to those poor people to buy lol
     
  8. polloamante

    polloamante Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you guys i think ill build it but i just need some help thanks so much! lol
     

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