Where to begin?!?

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

  1. missmorgan

    missmorgan New Egg

    Aug 7, 2010
    There is entirely too much good information here. I thought I had my coop design narrowed down, but I guess not. But now I'm looking for materials suggestions.

    We're looking to build a 6'x10' (approximate footprint) fully covered run + coop. 2 nesting boxes, looking to accommodate 3-4 hens. I'm hoping maybe someone wouldn't mind sending me their materials list? I'm just trying to budget the whole thing out, and need a place to start.
  2. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    for coop use plywood.
  3. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    A good place to begin would be the coop and run contest thread. https://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-new.html

    There are so many incredible designs there, and most have a BYC page with step by step pictures and a materials list.

    A lot of thought, caring, and work by these folks. I appreciate all of those who posted pictures!
  4. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    a more detailed explanation of what you are planning would be very helpful.
  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    The only materials I used in mine are 2x4's, plywood, hardware cloth, composite shingles, and of course screws, hinges, staples, etc.
  6. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have no idea what mine has cost (I did not want to know) but I have spent between $40 and $140 each week since the beginning of time... or June. I am guessing, on average, a nice coop runs between $400 to $700.

    The biggest cost, if you ask me, isn't the basic materials, but the materials you don't even think of -- tar paper for under shingles, hardware cloth, hinges, gravel and sand, vents, pulleys.

    The one expense I am more than happy with is the cost of insulation, about $60, which is a small price to pay for peace of mind that my girls won't roast or freeze. However, with insulation means covering it up so the chickens don't eat it -- We used half inch plywood for the walls and some kind of coated masonite for the ceiling. So having my coop insulated added about $150 to the total. Reason might suggest insulating later, but it would be much harder to do in a very small space. We built from the inside out when we could actually get the materials inside.

    I would suggest going to the lumber yard (Home Depot, Lowe's) and price out plywood, 2 x4's, hardware cloth, hinges, clasps -- and then look at alternative materials -- sidings you hadn't thought of, windows... ask if there is a sale bin, cull bin for 2x4's. Go to salvage yards and see what's available...

    Let us know how you this goes,
  7. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    My hubby owns a glass business, and we use wood from the packing crates the glass comes in-----it's a commercial glass company, so these are good-size crates. We have also used wood we kept from an old shed we tore down this summer. You could probably also use pallets that people give away for free----just make sure if you disassemble them to remove or hammer down flat any existing staples/nails.

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