Wood prices going up - bought my coop materials today!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DuginMT, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. DuginMT

    DuginMT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2013
    Billings, MT
    My Coop
    Heard that with the housing "recovery" wood prices were going up. I can believe it. Bought the wood for my coop today and it was right at $400. The hardware and screws were $75. Good quality wood though. The priciest item was the 5/8" A-C plywood for the walls and roof ($38/sheet times 5). Still need to buy paint!

    My coop will be 6' X 8' and only 4' high, but it will be elevated two feet off the ground. We have rattlers and bull snakes here and I am hoping the elevation will help. The roof will be a shed roof with a shallow slope (about 4" fall) across the 6' side. The base will be 2 X 6's set on 4X4 pressure treated posts that will be set 2' into the ground. The floor will be 3/4" CDX plywood and the walls and ceiling 5/8" A-C plywood. I plan to seal the floor so that it doesn't soak up the nasties and be easier to clean. I'll use 2X4's for the framing. Will put a 4' X 4' door in for cleaning, two or three 6' long 2 X 4 perches, and 4 interior nesting boxes about 18" off the floor with an access door from the outside wall. I have some leftover plexiglass that I will use to put in two or three small windows, and some leftover asphalt shingles for the roof. I bought some gutter screen panel that will work great to screen over a couple of vents I plan to install with outside doors that can be closed or partially closed in the winter. After I get it together I plan to prime and paint with exterior paint, barn red I think, like the coop on the farm I grew up on. The whole coop will sit under the deck of our house, so snow load will not be a problem and they will get some shade year round. I plan to build the run partly out into the south yard so they can always get some sun too.

    I am hoping this coop will work good for my 8-12 hens once they grow up. We have 13 chicks right now but I anticipate that at least two will turn out to be roosters.

    Could have went with thinner panels and saved some bucks but wanted panels that would take 1/2" long screws and roofing nails without the tips sticking out the other (interior) side. I will be installing multiple hinges, latches, etc. Hopefully it will turn out to be a very stout coop that will last us for however long we plan to stay here. Putting it all together with screws so will be able to take apart and/or move if necessary.

    I have been looking at similar coops made and finished here in the county for sale, and they range between $900 and $1500. I guess I will be saving about $500 by building it myself!

    Got most of the ideas for my coop off this site. Thanks everybody and keep those tips coming![​IMG]


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