Under $300*update* Run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Malbri, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to really get my coop building underway, the "chicks" arent really chicks anymore. I dont need anything really fancy right now, just something large enough to hold about 15 chickens, with enough storage for one bag of shavings and a couple feed bins. I've looked for extra wood for free or cheap from leftover building projects, havent had much luck.
    Also, I need something that isnt going to take a ton of time. I have a crew of about 4 people, and we need to be able to slap this up within a weekend or 2.
    It doesnt need to be really insulated, we have a portable run that we put int he basement for the winter. I was just going to have "windows" covered in chicken wire at the top for ventilation.
    So my questions are what should I have for dimentions and what am I going to need for materials, etc.
     
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  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    15 x 4 sq ft is your coop dimension, and 15 x 10 sq ft is your run. They do fine with a little less than that. You could use an 8x8 design, and it should be very simple. You can use corrugated tin for the roof or actual shingles, you just have to make sure that whatever you build has no gaps or holes for predators to get in. If you want I (or someone else on here) can sketch a very simple design for you, just keep in mind my sketching skills are very limited. LOL!!! There are tons of ideas in the coop run and design forum. 8x8 is a very good design since it's based mainly on the size of plywood sheets. I don't know how much lumber costs in your area, but we were able to build a 16x8 coop with $150. That was using OSB, mind you, and it hasn't been shingled. Very simple, I put it together almost all by myself (I'm a 22 yr old chick!) Good luck!!!
     
  3. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would plywood suffice as the wall or do we need something on the exterior to protect it from rain(or is there just like some kind of seal you paint on?) I intend to add and make it prettier as time goes on, but that will come with more money and time. I already have the run, at least one that would do for now.
    How expensive is that tin that you are talking aobut for the roof?
     
  4. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I had a thought, but I need approval and a few answers.
    My coop as of now is technically large enough, but we would need to move the divider and make a few repairs, all able to do quickly with what we have. The reason I wanted a bigger one was because I dont usually have them in the run when im not around because we have alot of predators that have reached through the fence and killed a chicken, so outside time is limited. I am going to explain this the best I can, here are my thoughts.
    I could build a run, but have wood halfway up. This would prevent anything from reaching through. I would also make a pretty long skirt with chicken wire, but would probably eventually cover it with some nice landscaping stones. The rest of the way up would be chicken wire, and the top would be covered. This would be pretty darn safe, right?
    My question.
    Would this wood work? Covered in some type of seal/paint.
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...rketID=112&locStoreNum=2410&categoryID=503003
     
  5. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If this helps
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  7. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any opinions?
     
  8. Heather J

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never heard of eucaboard before, and they don't have it in my local Home depot. *sigh* I'm playing around with making a second coop (I'm crazy, but at least I'm in good company around here) so I'd like to know what others say. Simple and inexpensive are key--right behind predator protection.
     

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