Sources for CHEEP (think FREE) coop building materials?!?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BethESH, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. BethESH

    BethESH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all -

    So I'm working on designing my first coop, and am extremely frugal...I learned from my fiancee. (I tell him that he puts the HEAP in CHEAP!)[​IMG] He and Gopher Boy are cut from the same cloth...think Red Green Show!

    I've checked out craigslist and ebay and local papers/websites. Anyone have other websites/leads that I can try?!?!

    Thanks a bunch!
  2. BethESH

    BethESH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, I forgot - blonde moment, again! I'm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland...Delmarva...

    Thanks again!
  3. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I read about someone getting used lumbar from constructions sites (think new homes) just ask permission to get stuff out of there dumpsters and tell them its for building a chicken coop. Many will let you have it (less for them to have to pay for removal). We used leftover picket fencing I got off of (everything is free) see if theres one in your area.
  4. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Near Wilton Iowa
    Ask your friends you might be surprised how many of them have lumber laying around (in the way) and would love to get rid of it.

    Ask the manager of your local "big box" store if they have any pallets they are wanting to get ride of. Most get larger Items shipped in crates and have to assemble them for sale.

    Any shipping companies new you? They often get huge crates in and have to "uncrate" the individual items. There may be a lot of extra Plywood and 2x4 they will let you have.

    Asking if FREE [​IMG]
  5. BethESH

    BethESH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks - I'll check out

    And, as far as the folks with the free lumber piles in the backyard...that's US!!! Problem is that the man is planning to use it to upgrade his shed and garage. Priorities?!?! What's more important than our (MY) chicken coop?!?!? [​IMG]
  6. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    Quote:My husband thought the leftover lumber we had was for a new shed for him....we ended up building the coop off the back part of it and then eventually took another room out of it for the brooder room! The straw is stored in the front part (originally his) in between the ATVs. So much for his brilliant idea!!
  7. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Oops, you had that already![​IMG]
    I know some stores around here have wooden packing boxes and pallets.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008
  8. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Old board fences - there are a lot of board feet in a fence: 1 by's, 2 by's, 4 by's. Some of it will be good to use even if much of it isn't.

    Lots of people take down old fences and just want them g o n e . . .

  9. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    your local paper
    lumber yards
  10. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Well it is really easier than what most pepole think.
    I got a lot of scraped wood from diffrent jobsites and it was just by asking the people in charge if it is ok to get some, and I always told them it is for my chickens or for my wood stove.

    put an add in newspaper,or on the web here around us local papers add are free.

    always negotiate with lowe's or homedepot for culled lumber, I got here some 2x4x12 for $0.97 each just because they were a little bit not strait.

    Check my webpage below and you will see my coop 90% of the materials were free.

    Good Luck.


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