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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 5Chickens, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. 5Chickens

    5Chickens Songster

    Dec 13, 2007
    Which to you is the cheapest way to build a shed type chicken coop?
    Is it cheaper to build one yourself or to buy one already made?

    Reason asking is because I am wanting to have a shed and have rows of breeder pens inside. And am wondering which would be the cheapest way to go?


  2. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    depends on what you have on hand. For me DIY is wayy cheaper but we have lots of scraps on hand and I don't care what it looks like, as long as it is safe.

    have you looked into the pallet style coops? There are lots of pics on here all sizes and nearly free most times.
  3. 5Chickens

    5Chickens Songster

    Dec 13, 2007
    I just want maybe a 6X8 shed type coop.
    I do like the pallet type coop ideas, but as I live in the suburbs I need something that is a little more cleaner looking. Dont want it to look like too much of a chicken coop.
  4. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    DIY if you have tools... DIY even if you need to buy a few.

    My shed so far cost 650 in all new raw materials from Lowe's. ALL plywood, no OSB, built to spec done right. OSB in the PNW often just falls apart in a few years, which unfortunately is what 95% of bought sheds are assembled with. I even sprung for 16 OC walls for the front, back, and floor! Many prebuilts are 24 OC and do not include a real foor or roofing materials.

    Tools: 2 hammers, a skill saw, 2 drills, hand saw, L Square, speed square, 2 wooden horses. Only thing bought new was the skill saw that ran $160 as we plan on keeping the nice Milwaukee tool forever, but they can be found for like $50 bucks or less.

    I figure I have about $150 left of materials to buy... so for 800+100 of unanticipated extras, I should have a shed to my specs for under 1k with a quality that cannot be bought in the PNW from a box store.

    It's not that great, but it is my first real shed build.
  6. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    Chesterville, Maine
    We turned 1/3 of our large shed into our chicken coop, that way we could still store our stuff. Pre-fab or even shed kits were cray expensive. In stead of $700 + for a shed, it cost us around maybe $350, including insulation. We used smaller trees from our back yard for the posts of the run.
  7. ChickenSahib

    ChickenSahib Chirping

    May 21, 2011
    I'm going to build a simple pallet coop. Nothing fancy, but then again I plan on only having 3 hens.

  8. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    If it needs to look nice, and you don't have the materials, I would look into sheds, sometimes lows and home depot have clearances or good sales and then you can make it into the coop you want. [​IMG]
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    If you are handy at building and have the time, build it yourself and you will get exactly what you need.

    If your crunched for time, consider having the building shell built and you set up the interior per your plans

    If you don't have the tools and knowledge, have someone build it but you provide the plans and measurements and should be there to oversee so you're not disappointed with the final product
  10. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Cost is going to be about the same, but the prefab ones are very cheaply made. The lumber is cheap, the hardware is cheap, the doors are weak, they don't use enough framing.

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