1. Sparkyfam

    Sparkyfam In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2012
    Fort Campbell, KY
    We found a lovely coop design on the internet that has all the plans, and looks beautiful! Sadly, when I did the cost estimate for the lumber at Lowes, it made me cry. Don't get me wrong, I love my future (soon to recieve and incubate) little tykes. But come on, over $1,000????

    I thought my beautiful coop was done for, (My husband has been making thinly veiled threats after the demise of our last chicken, who FINALLY had started laying eggs I might add). So, while I was here at work, waiting for some poor patient to have a medical emergency so I can get off my butt and actually do my job, I decided to surf Craigslist.

    You know... funny thing, I don't know how long I've actually surfed that silly site, and I never once noticed the "materials" section. I found it, and lo and behold! Cheap lumber! I called the guy when I woke up today, and when I told him it was for a chicken coop, he said that he had even CHEAPER stuff for me! SCORE!

    So, tomorrow morning when I get off of work, I will be driving my happy behind 2 hours there and 2 hours back to get me some cheap lumber.... I may need more coffee...

  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Songster

    Double score!! What's the design? How many chicks are you hoping to hatch out and raise?
  3. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chirping

    Feb 11, 2012
    It's funny how wood and materials add up really fast. I think I spent about $1000 on an 8x8 with a 40x10 enclosed run. But it's worth it knowing my flock is safe.
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  4. Sparkyfam

    Sparkyfam In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2012
    Fort Campbell, KY
    I bought 20 fertile eggs online, that should arrive between the 6th and the 7th. I'm hoping for a 50%success rate (ok I'll be happy with 2).

    I'll try to post pictures here once we get started. It was a wonderful experience! We left as soon as I got off work (with me still in uniform) and due to my wonderful navigation skills we ended up driving 2.5 hours there, and 2.5 hours back. [​IMG] And I drove the entire way... It was way worth it though.

    30 2x4's of various length (8-15 ft)
    5 4x4x15
    and a long length of 3/4" plywood
    all for $90!
  5. 3forfree

    3forfree Songster

    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    Here's what I'm using for my coop. cost........free.
    I got pallets that were made from 4x4's that are 12ft long. other pallets have 2x4's that can be used for framing, and the rest of the material can be used for the the walls. All was free and with a little work taking them apart I haven't spent a dime for any of it.

  6. Sparkyfam

    Sparkyfam In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2012
    Fort Campbell, KY
    That's Amazing! The only free pallets we could find here are 1x4s, and not very good ones at that. The military budget seems to be taking a dive...
  7. Ehirning

    Ehirning Chirping

    May 18, 2012
    Way to go! Welcome to the obsession!
  8. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    [​IMG] lucky you!

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