Today is "Coop Day" ... FINALLY!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AmySue, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. AmySue

    AmySue Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop build begins today! [​IMG] I've spent weeks studying the awesome coops shown on BYC, changed my design a hundred times (each time I saw something on one of the coops that I loved!), bought the supplies ( [​IMG] $300+ more than I planned on spending!), talked to our neighbors and put up a privacy fence after realizing we may be pushing the law a bit... now, time to put up a home for our babies!![​IMG] It's going to be an 8x4 coop with an attached 8x8 run. The coop will be raised so they'll have that extra 4x8 to play in too. I'm going to be doing all of the building myself - I'm so excited!!!
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    You GO, girl! Strap on your tool belt and start construction! (I wish I had a tool belt... tired of looking around for where I last set down the hammer or the tape measure or marking pen...)
     
  3. sreihart

    sreihart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, you go girl! I'm so impressed with all of the woman in this forum who aren't afraid to just "git er done" . Can't wait to see the progress pics.
     
  4. NT

    NT Out Of The Brooder

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    YAY [​IMG]! Have fun. I see that you have teenagers, why not put 'em to work! My 4 year old daughter helped me hold some boards in place so I could nail them on the back side that is hard to reach and I kept looking at my boys (3 and 1) and wishing that they were at least 10 years older. My 3 year old banged a few nails for fun, but little dude was confined to his pack and play just watching mom work. Also, back a casserole or something ahead of time so you don't have to worry about dinner. Coop building is rather addictive, I kept wanting to just finish one last thing... and before you know it it is dinner time [​IMG] Ah, the concerns of female coop builders.
     
  5. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
    WOOHOO!!! You go Girlie!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Have fun, enjoy building, and can't wait for pictures!!!
     
  6. TwistedSerpent

    TwistedSerpent Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would gladly take tools and supplies over jewelry and shoes any day, I'm working alone on converting and old shed into a coop and it has been quite exciting and entertaining. My only holdback though is I need a truck, my car can only load so much...
     
  7. AmySue

    AmySue Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had dh and the older boys (19 & 17) help with things like lugging the plywood to the backyard and digging the holes/trenches for the coop supports (thge ground is hard as cement right now - we need rain!) but we generally leave the carpentry to me [​IMG] It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment when I can do stuff like this myself. DD (13 yrs) is also helping a bit. She's in charge of fixing up the screen door we found at the salvage place.

    I just came in to eat dinner - dd fixed pizza [​IMG] - so far I got the coop supports concreted in, the hardware cloth up around the bottom part of the coop, and the floor supports in place. Next is the floor.

    Dh keeps laughing at me. His farmer friends think I'm nuts. They said I'm making a mix between the Hilton and Fort Knox, and all for a bunch of birds. They aren't "birds"... they're family!!!
     
  8. peepswiththepoof

    peepswiththepoof Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I feel the exact same way, and I have the exact same problem! [​IMG] YAY! for women building coops!
     
  9. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will have so much fun doing this. I went head first into my project with zero experience and the feeling of accomplishment is indescribable. For me, since I did all but .05 percent of it myself, every section was a mini achievement. It was OMG the foundation is done. OMG the first wall is up. OMG this and that, with every bit of my spare time working on it since the girls were growing up so fast! Now i'm lazy, sitting in the run with my girls right now, even though I still have half of the corrugated roofing to complete *sigh*

    Not to change the subject, but you have a busy house... Or you have a petting zoo, LOL. I have a rottie, and I have a dragon, and aside from my three girls I have my hands full.
     
  10. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! I can't wait to see pictures!!

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