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Building Our Chicken Coop From Scratch - Materials
we have the size, location, and style of coop chosen, we can begin the
process of building it. Please consider what you budget is going to be
before you dive into this project and then “double it”. I will say that
depending on materials used, this can be a very pricey project. Our
original budget was set at $500 and as of the writing of this article we
now have about $1300 into it. Your final price will depend on the
materials chosen and your access to free or less expensive materials but
my wife said the coop had to not only be functional but “cute” when it
was finished. This meant trimmed, painted, and presentable to anyone who
might want to see it.
We didn’t have a formal “plan” when we started this project other than a napkin sketch of what we had imagined we were building but we actually came really close with our estimate on the order from the lumber yard due to experience with previous projects. The initial bill came to a little over $800 so that’s where I knew we were in trouble on the budget right from the beginning. If you know what it’s going to cost to build a good quality shed from a kit from your local home improvement store or lumber yard, you can get a pretty good idea what your
coop is going to cost you for something of equivalent size.
We did however create a list of materials to take with us to the lumber store so we at least knew what wanted to bring
home with us and I would recommend that you do the same to limit the return trips to the lumber store later. This first thing you need to do once you have your list is either go pick them up or have them delivered. We opted for the latter due to the amount of materials we ordered and not having a trailer large enough to do it in one trip. It only cost us $30 to have it delivered and that was well worth it to us for this project.
I will however say this. Double check your delivery material list for accuracy before letting them leave. We ended up being shorted one sheet of strand board and didn't catch it until after the fact. Luckily they took us at our word because I had no way to prove that it was missing from the delivery "after the fact". Once you have everything, lay it out in an organized way so it's easy to find as you need it.
[ purchasing, raising, & caring for our new chickens ] [ diy chicken coop ] [ chicken coop size & location ] [ building our chicken coop ] [ chicken coop construction part 1 ] [ chicken coop construction part 2 - ] [ chicken coop construction part 3 ] [ chicken coop construction part 4 ] [ chicken coop construction part 5 ] [ chicken coop construction part 6 ] [ chicken coop construction part 7 ] [ chicken coop construction part 8 ] [ chicken coop construction part 9 ] [ chicken coop construction part 10 ] [ chicken coop construction part 11 ] [ chicken coop construction part 12 ] [ chicken coop construction part 13 ]
Written by: WM8C, November 8th, 2006. Not for use without written permission
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