The coop I built this summer - first time building ANYTHING

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DangerChickenHouse, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spent my entire summer building a chicken coop. It started with an antique stereo cabinet bought off CraigsList and somehow turned into what is pictured above. At first, I planned the coop to be as big as the cabinet; however, after researching chicken breeds and space preferences, I decided I needed to expand the cabinet to 4x4 feet with plans of getting 3-5 chickens. I did not buy a chicken coop plan - I just winged it. So, there are several imperfections throughout my project. The original idea was to solely use recycled materials, but that only lasted the first week. I am way too impatient to salvage someone else's garbage.

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    By the time we left for our family beach vacation in July, I had built a coop, painted it to match our house, and added an 8x4 run. On the side facing the house, I added a door to collect eggs. The chicken's nesting boxes are on the other side of this door, which gives us easy access to eggs without entering the coop. The big door on the front of the coop is to be used for cleaning and replacing the pine chips that line the coop. I also added a small chicken door for the chicks. The windows are strategically placed for ventilation. It gets chilly during the North Carolina winters! Therefore, I wanted to be mindful of the cold, but still give my chickens air flow if they were laying eggs during the summer.

    At this point in the coop construction, we still did not own chicks. However, "chickens" remained on my brain while laying on the beach, which is when I decided they needed a bigger run for when we took long vacations. Once returning home, my coop expanded into an 8 x 8 run, added hardwire for protection, and lattice to help cut enclosure costs. After the door was finished, Caroline and I started looking for chicks!

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  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    gosh! i wish i had one as nice! wow!
     
  3. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Really nice job! I love it... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. If I could re-do it, I would have used a level. [​IMG] Seriously, it's lop-sided.

    Also, I would have made it bigger. 4x4 coop isn't big enough. 8x8 run isn't big enough either.
     
  5. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it looks great! Very cute, and great job with your first build!!! Funny about the level. I bet it really won't matter much at all! [​IMG]
     
  6. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    You did awesome! I love that lattice. Where did you find lattice in little squares like that? I used a lot of lattice from Home Depot for my big chicken run and lined it with chicken wire. But I've never seen lattice like yours with the squares. Mine are diagonal slats and I use 2 layers and stagger them. I love yours. I'm already trying to think how I could make some lattice like yours.
     
  7. equusbeth

    equusbeth Out Of The Brooder

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    You are totally an inspiration!!! I've never built anything in my life either and I'm getting ready to build our coop. Great job!!!!
     
  8. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought the lattice from Home Depot. It's a little more $$$, but worth it because it matches lattice on my deck. My sole reason for using lattice was to save $ on the crazy expensive hardware cloth.
     

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