sn0wwhite's Wichita Coop for the Twin Cities

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sn0wwhite, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG, I just spent about $600 for most of what I will need to build a 5x10 Whichita Coop. That does not include the cost of the plan/materials list or the very small amount of lumber I have. I have a bunch of scraps from redoing our deck and if I had any skills whatsoever I could probably have saved a bunch and used them... but I'm a data geek. This is something completely new for me. So I pretty much used the material list like a shopping list and I'm going to stick to the plan. Except the house will be on the left not the right...

    I will need to buy either Plexiglas or real glass to finish the windows and I may get some blackjack 75 for the house floor yet....

    Wish me luck. I'm alternately excited and very, very afraid.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Looking forward to watching your build here!
     
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  3. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. With the help of a friend, we started digging the trench for the block foundation. Since it's raining this morning, I'll have to take pictures this afternoon.

    In the meantime, I was looking at other people's Wichita Coop build threads online last night, and I want to save some links here for my own reference if I get stuck as I go along.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/loveland-wichita-knockoff

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...a-style-coop-build-with-youtube-documentation

    And this one is flipped like I need to do.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/tuans-coop

    This one has some nice close ups of the joints and connections:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/cottage-coop-de-ville
     
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    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the start for the foundation. Getting this level is one of the things I'm most nervous about so any leveling tips will be appreciated.

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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A good 4 foot level...or longer if you can.
    Or you can rig a tube level, jug of colored water and long clear tubing. Can be tricky to set up and learn to use, but work great.
     
  6. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I bought a 4 foot level (it looked like I was going to need a masters degree to figure out the water tube.), and the trench is as dug as it's going to get until the blocks arrive. Delivery tomorrow so I'll see what I can get done after work. [​IMG]
     
  7. stormrider1

    stormrider1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a good start.
     
  8. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. My fingers are crossed that I can get the base really level and solid so that the rest goes well. Supplies arrived this morning [​IMG]
     
  9. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another reference link, thanks to stormrider1.
    http://informationcupboard.com/25/

    Got the supplies moved into the garage and staged for Daughter to paint and put 3 blocks in before it got dark.
     
  10. stormrider1

    stormrider1 Out Of The Brooder

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    sn0wwhite, do you plan to insulate your coop? I am 2 hours north in Brainerd, so our weather has got to be pretty close. After going back and forth I decided not to, but it should be easy to do later if I change my mind.
     

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