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« on: March 09, 2010 04:07:05 PM »

This was a pretty big challenge for someone who had NO experience with carpentry, almost NO decent tools and NO money for decent materials - but sometimes I just get this idea into my head where I think "I can do that, yeah - no problem" and just go for it.


wardrobe as the frame on the base (free - left in the shed when we moved in)
planks from wooden pallets for the floorboards (free from freight company, I just rang and asked)
fence pailings and timber for cladding and frame (leftovers from a previous project)
sheet metal for roof ($5 a sheet from a scrap yard)
I bought the hinges

Plus I used a hand saw (yes, all those cuts were made by me, by hand. I really need an electric saw), hammer, nails, screws and a drill

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and of course some happy chickens, we got them at 10 days old and they are now 5 months. Pekin Bantams for those that like their chooks  Grin

he smuggled that one inside when I wasnt looking  Roll Eyes

Comments are welcome and thoroughly enjoyed!!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010 04:11:55 PM »

Well done!

We're moving soon and I'm really hoping we get a place that we can have a few chickens.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010 04:35:12 PM »

That is wonderful.  A frame chicken coop.  Great use of everything.  Space, time materials.  You are a genius.  As are all MoM's.

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010 04:37:49 PM »

I am soooo jealous! We live in the woods and the county zoning won't allow us to have chickens...BUT, in town they let people keep as many chickens as they want without any restrictions as long as they are kept clean and don't have a bad odor. Go figure Roll Eyes

You did a wonderful job on this chicken coop! Very nice work getting all the supplies for free too! I can't believe you cut all the wood by hand!!! Wow! (You should try freecycle and see if you can get an electric saw)

Your kids are really cute too! Nicely done on everything! You rock!;)
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010 05:51:20 PM »

Are you going to cut a small access door for them, or just leave the larger door open until it's time for them to roost at night?
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2010 05:59:49 PM »

great joba nd your kids are beautiful.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010 07:00:18 PM »

Rockin awesome job!

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2010 07:36:08 PM »

The coop looks great.  My neighbor has one that looks very similar, and he paid a small fortune for his.  Nice work.

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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2010 05:13:10 PM »

That is beautiful!!! Our chickens are so jealous!

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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2010 09:20:01 PM »

Well, first of all your babies and your chickens are adorable. And I am so jealous... I want to raise chickens, but seeing as I don't own a home I don't get to make those kinds of decisions. Boo. But in about ten years I may  have me some chickens. Cheesy
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