The coop raising begins..(new PICS pg2) Update-structurally complete!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by midd2005, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, my husband and i just bought our first house, on Oahu, where we recently moved. I don't quite know when or how i came up with the idea of CHICKENS! but it happened, and now we have 7 little 2 week old Plymouth Rocks and Light Brahmas in our living room. So, it's coming up on their moving outside time and the construction that took forever in the front yard (where they are going) is done so we started the coop this last weekend. i've been surfing this site and google image for months now and have gone through several designs and redesigns. what i've finally come up with is a 5x16' structure. it's essentially going to be a 3 sided coop since our temps fluctuate between 65-90* year round. since we are told that we get a fair amount of rain during the rainy season, not to mention the sun shines a lot, i am going to roof all but the final 4' or so and the floor will be covered in 6 inches of sand. the coop and run will essentially flow together with the roosting poles, poop board, and nesting box area getting a bit more protection. the part that isn't plywood wall is going to be galvanized hardware cloth.

    now, keep in mind as you're checking out my post that neither my husband nor i have so much as swung a hammer in the last decade. what's worse is my husband thinks he knows what he is doing. i had to put up a big fight about asking a neighbor if we could borrow his sawhorses rather than just using that small wall there and maybe a coffee table over there. And then there was the scene where he wanted to use a small hand axe as a hammer, which was fine because HE HAD DONE IT BEFORE. Grrr. already i sensed coop disaster or possibly divorce. anyway, i digress.

    here is a picture of the front yard which looks like crap right now as it's been under a mountain of debris for the last month and it hasn't rained much to boot. the coop is going in the far left corner. that's a very rustic compost pile down their on the right and that pile of stuff in the foreground is the leftover mulch from the 8 ft of bushes we chopped down to replace with a lava rock wall. it's better for the chickens right?

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    my original plan was to get the wood up off the ground by digging in a base of 8x8x16" cinder blocks -plus this would help foil any evil rats and mongoose who might get it in their heads to dig. however, that plan quickly changed when we got out the digging tools. after a couple hours of pain and suffering, we settled for getting the blocks in level. the dirt here is all rock hard red clay and it's like driving a shovel into a rock. i'm actually curious about how well a mongoose would fare digging. so now i guess i'm gonna have to fork out more money for a skirt. hardware cloth is expensive right? well, it's even more expensive here, as is everything. anyway, ill worry about that later.

    so this last weekend we drove over the mountain to home depot and bought supplies for framing, priming, and painting. Home Depot proved to be a lesson in how nothing is actually the size it claims to be. thankfully a couple months ago, we had the presence of mind to beg a bunch of crappy crate panels off of our movers and collected enough panel-age for walls. sunday we started cutting everything to the actual size we wanted it to be and then knocking the frames together.


    here is a picture of the carport scene. that's one of those pieces of crate there and in the background is Mr. Self Confident leaning on one of the side frames and panels. behind all that you can glimpse the barrier of cars that we put up to discourage any nosy neighbors from wandering over and disrupting our work flow. it worked! well, mostly.
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    and here is the back wall pieces cut out and sized and leaning on their frame, which you can't see.
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    and lastly, here is the front wall frame. that's me leaning out of what will eventually be a window in the one 5 foot panel that will be walled in on the front side. underneath the window will go two external nestboxes for our biddies. to my left, your right, will be a 3' wide and 5.6' tall door. we had to make the door a little bit shorter than desired because the cinder blocks raised the coop up about 7 inches and we don't want the roof to be so tall that it's clearly visible from the street. as it stands i suppose the highest point of the roof is going to be about 6'3ish.
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    the last 2 days and nights i have spent priming, which is less than fun. tomorrow i will finish and then start painting, which i'm hoping will go faster but i know it won't. this coming saturday, we are going to drag it all over to the site and stand it all up and hammer it together. sunday we will pretend we know how to make a roof. ambitious? i thought so initially but so far we are on schedule.


    progress pics to come!
     
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  2. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    Good heavens- looks like you are off to a great start- and at least your DH is willing to help you!
     
  3. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly what happens with Dh and i when we move furniture or build something [​IMG] so funny!


    The pics look great!!!! that wall is beautiful by your cars and the trees!!!!

    oh and the work youve done too:frow
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] You're KILLING me!!! I'm enjoying reading about your coop adventure with your husband (still can't bring myself to use the acronym "DH")!

    Your plans sound great and I'm looking forward to furture installations of your story!

    Keep up the good work! [​IMG]
     
  5. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're KILLING me!!! I'm enjoying reading about your coop adventure with your husband (still can't bring myself to use the acronym "DH")!

    yeah, i'm with you. years of working for and being around the employees of the federal government have me generally acronym shy. plus that one grates a little extra.


    Good heavens- looks like you are off to a great start- and at least your DH is willing to help you!

    it is great that he is willing to help. had i had to do the hammer swinging, that whole framing thing would have taken a lot longer. course, it would also have been much more precise, and i would have been smiling the whole time. he loves the chickens though too and periodically grabs a chick and brings it outside, showing her what is going on and telling her of all the miles of space she is going to have in another week or so.​
     
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  6. Alpha Chick

    Alpha Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're KILLING me!!! I'm enjoying reading about your coop adventure with your husband (still can't bring myself to use the acronym "DH")!

    I am so glad to read this. I thought I was the only one who didn't like to call someone as special as my husband by an acronym...and who knows what the D stands for? There are too many words that begin with D and some should not be used to describe my choice of life mate.​
     
  7. UrbanChick101

    UrbanChick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does that acronym mean anyway??? DH / DS... sooo confusing all these silly acronyms... I need a help page just for them!!! [​IMG] Your coop looks awesome is sounding like your chickens are goin to have one nice home!! I am off to look for paint for mine today!! Can't say I am excited about painting in the crazy humidity and the 100 degree index. I am hoping we get a cold front here in the next couple days to finish up the coop before we are allowed to bring our chickens to the city!!
     
  8. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DH is Dear Husband. DW is Dear Wife. DS can be Dear Spouse or Dear Son. DD is Dear Daughter not size...[​IMG]
     
  9. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a few hellish days of priming and painting, everything was set to go tonight so we tacked our four walls together on the final site.


    here is the husband applying the sheeting to the frame before we raised the back wall and the 2 sides. we figured this would be easier doing it this way first. we were correct. we forgot to do the same on the front piece and it was rather awkward.

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    and here is a picture from the front. on the left we have the quasi coop area.

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    the top hole is a window to get some extra breezes going on the roosts on a scorcher of a day. and the bottom hole is where we will attach some external nest boxes when we get around to building them. there will be a plywood roof over this whole part as well as the door. right in front of my man is where a door will go. we have no idea how we are going to build this really. it's gonna probably be the most challenging part cuz it's really gotta be straight. none of the rest of it is, which works well since NOTHING on our property is straight or flat or whatever. we didn't even bother with a level for a single piece of this beast. and on the right is going to be all hardware cloth including the roofing areas. the last few days, i've been sorta doing a sun chart in the yard, and i figured out that the chickens would hardly get any direct sunlight (at least this time of year) if we roofed the whole thing. so another 50 bucks on hardware cloth it is! in the end it's not that much more expensive than plywood for that space, and i dont have to prime or paint it, which suits me just fine.

    and here is a picture of the roosting area. up higher will be be 2 5' long roosting poles. at about 3' will be a poop board. and somewhat underneath the poop board is where they will climb into the nest boxes.

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    not gonna lie, we are pretty pleased with ourselves. 8 days of hard work, and it looks like we will be done by the weekend and have a fully functioning, spacious coop for our ladies. hopefully they will reward us handsomely (in about 5 months).

    and lastly a picture of the future inhabitants climbing all over me. they really really want out of that brooder.
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  10. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I can't tell enough by looking at the pictures to make any kind of worthy evaluation.
    Send me a plane ticket, and I'll come over and stay with you for a month (January or February or both) and give you my professional opinion (free and gratis).
     

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