when do U just tear down the old coop and bulit a new 1? ***pic heavy*

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dar, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    I have an old wooden shed that is being used for a coop...until I got the gals in there this summer i did not think it was in that bad of shape but as the summer progressed I started to realise just how bad it is..

    the 4X4's for the floor are almost completly rotten
    when it was first bulit the walls were made of press board
    (which is now rotting off)
    the inside walls are the same press board but because they do not get exposed to the weather they are somewhat fine

    the roof is good in most spots...

    DH says next year we will tear it down and rebulid...BUT if i can save some money and repair rather then rebulid that would be great...I am not looking for a 5 star coop here just safe and comfortable..

    south wall ..the red bricks are not part of the coop they are there for storage (another project in the works)
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    north wall and chicken door
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    full view of run (they are in this for the days with full access to the coop they free range at night when I get in from work)
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    inside looking at the inside south wall (there is 2 hens in the one nest)
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    inside looking at the north wall the square is the door to the run
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    looking from the people door to the back the 1/2 wall is where they roost for the night and in the back of the coop is where I store my coop stuff like shovels and wood chips (no food is kept in there)
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  2. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well if you can salvage it i would.. would save you alot of money.. then starting all over
     
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    ok i just added the pics ...I know its not a pretty sight but it is functional...
     
  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I only wish I had a building just like that. How ambitious are you? Salvaging the one you have would probably be much easier than starting over.
     
  5. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    thats what I was thinking buster but you see DH thinks we need to rebulid....now i need help convincing him that i was right once again... [​IMG]
     
  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Well, gee, if he wants to rebuild then by all means let him! Then you get a brand new coop and he gets to think he was right. Everyone wins!
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    OK...let me get this straight...you've got a husband that actually wants to build you a new coop??!! But you don't want that? [​IMG] Are you nuts??!! [​IMG] If mine even offered to help me to do anything with my chickens I'd fall over dead! Actually if it was me I'd take the new shed....right next to the old one so I'd get two coops out of the deal. [​IMG]
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    You know, the inside doesn't look that bad at all. Better then some I have seen. Iwould try to fix ur up [​IMG] Maybe just put up new wood on the outside and paint it? New roof shingles?
     
  9. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    OPPS i forgot to add that my DH has a LOT in common with Tim "the toolman Taylor" from home improvments....

    he says it will take a weekend : which really means 6 months

    he says a few hundres dollars : which really meant over a grand (I just left work to go back to school next week) dont have that kind of cash right now

    he says it will be easy : which means a lot of headache for me...

    dont get me wrong my DH is brillant when it comes to machines...If i wanted my coop bulit from angle iron and sheet metal..hey hes the man

    those red bricks in the first pic are from a lean to type shelter that was supposd to be bulit in MAY for his riding lawn mower
     
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  10. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, we went through the same sort of decision when we decided to turn a one car attached garage into living space. We thought initially we would just renovate the existing structure, but in the end the project entailed more than 50% of the existing strucutre was being changed, so in the end we just tore it down.

    So that's how I would approach it; that is, if you just want what you have, but with a new roof and a a new floor, then a rehab might work.

    But if you really want more upgrades (electricity, running water, heat and/or insulation, a modfied footprint on the building, new windows, etc.) then it might just be better to tear it down and start from scratch.

    Just my 2 cents,
    Phyllis
     

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