There was an article not too long ago on Chow about what you should DIY and what you should buy. One, or I guess two, of the things she said you should buy are chickens and eggs. Why? Because it cost the author of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch, Jennifer Reese, $3000 just to build the fence around her coop she stated that having chickens just wasn’t worth the cost. Well of course that would be the case! I left some rather choice words in that article just because I knew it didn’t cost that much to make a well built chicken coop. After all we have built several of them. This is our 5th coop building. We’ve learned over time what works and what doesn’t.
Last week I posted about how we needed to move our chickens to a new coop. Well, they are all tucked in now enjoying fresh ground to scratch around on. The area is smaller but the no longer have to share the space with the goats. Things are are easier for them to get to like the feeder which used to have to be hung next to a roost so the goats couldn’t get to it. That always proved to be difficult for the new young birds to find and get to.
Except for the chicken wire that we used to finish enclosing the coop, everything we used to build the coop with is reclaimed material. Because we do have a lot of building projects going on and we also pick up stuff for free when we come across it, we generally have a pile of building materials (most people would call it a junk pile) that we can pull from. From that pile we pulled:
- 4′ high chainlink fencing to finish enclosing the bottom half of the coop
- Redwood fence boards for siding
- Plywood for nest boxes, door and roof
- Wire fencing material for upper half of coop
- Galvanized metal conduit for framing the yard portion and for roosts
- 2x4s for some of the framing and for roosts
- 4×4 posts that were still in the ground from our last coop
- Corrugated metal sheeting for roof
The coop isn’t 100% done yet as we still need to put on the metal roof (we have the sheeting already) and I want to put some trim on it and then paint it sage green with white trim. So it will probably run us about $100 overall.