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    The chickens need a home

    The wife and I decided to jump feet first into rasing some backyard chickens this year. So naturally we got some cute little baby chic's about 5 weeks ago. Thinking I had plenty of time to get the coup built before they really needed to be evicted from their cozy basement temporary home.

    I was wrong those chickens need to get out before I lose all my tools under the dust.

    There is hope on the horizon, my shed kit got dropped off this morning and I was able to find enough hours without rain to get my concrete footings poured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    The wife and I decided to jump feet first into rasing some backyard chickens this year. So naturally we got some cute little baby chic's about 5 weeks ago. Thinking I had plenty of time to get the coup built before they really needed to be evicted from their cozy basement temporary home.

    I was wrong those chickens need to get out before I lose all my tools under the dust.

    There is hope on the horizon, my shed kit got dropped off this morning and I was able to find enough hours without rain to get my concrete footings poured.
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    Based on the footers, that's going to be a heck of a chicken coop!!

    A buddy of mine used to keep chickens. To say that when he does something, it's usually a bit over the top is an understatement. When he was done with his chicken coop/pen, his wife referred to it as "The Chicken Hilton".
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    Wow that looks like it has the potential to be something. I have hillbilly birds. I made a coop out of wood I had laying around the farm. They didn't seem to care. I eventually gave them an area in the corner of the barn. It made it easier to give them water.
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    Not to ruin the suprise but its really just a 6x8 shed. The outdoor run is going to be extensive. It's going to go behind the large rock and fill the flat area thats bare earth downhill of the rock. I too have problems with going above and beyond what is needed. I really don't like to build things twice or have to repair them once I'm done.

    I went with footings because the area it's in has been filled and and excavated a number of times in the last five years. The top soil is anything but stable. There is also a decent slope,over 6 inches difference in height on the footings. Setting level footings with my laser level is a piece of cake. Also being in a hurricane zone the footings are a good ground anchor. With the amount of rock I have in the soil those screw in anchors are useless.

    The shed is a matching style to the much bigger shed already there. It's post and beam construction with solid pine board and batten siding. Both buildings were made be the some company, so all the siding and hardware is going to match. The wife likes matching things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    Not to ruin the suprise but its really just a 6x8 shed. The outdoor run is going to be extensive. It's going to go behind the large rock and fill the flat area thats bare earth downhill of the rock. I too have problems with going above and beyond what is needed. I really don't like to build things twice or have to repair them once I'm done.

    I went with footings because the area it's in has been filled and and excavated a number of times in the last five years. The top soil is anything but stable. There is also a decent slope,over 6 inches difference in height on the footings. Setting level footings with my laser level is a piece of cake. Also being in a hurricane zone the footings are a good ground anchor. With the amount of rock I have in the soil those screw in anchors are useless.

    The shed is a matching style to the much bigger shed already there. It's post and beam construction with solid pine board and batten siding. Both buildings were made be the some company, so all the siding and hardware is going to match. The wife likes matching things.
    Watch the racoons and coyotes. Sly little buggers and that's why we don't have anymore chickens! They sell those coops with runs made out of chicken wire and the coons will pull the feet right off the poor chickens, then instead of eggs you get,, well,, chicken piccata.. Good luck with your project. Looks like one big pile of lumber though for a 6X8 chicken coop, maybe a chicken 40B project?
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    None of this is a premade chicken anything. The coop is going to be a full on hurricane hardened 6x8 building that chickens happen to live in. The run will be all homemade and should be safe.

    I looked at those premade coops and thought yo myself if I was a chicken I would not want to live there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    None of this is a premade chicken anything. The coop is going to be a full on hurricane hardened 6x8 building that chickens happen to live in. The run will be all homemade and should be safe.

    I looked at those premade coops and thought to myself if I was a chicken I would not want to live there.
    Nor pop out an egg either! Gotta hurt... Those pre made coops are for city slickers that want to be make believe farmers! We have a neighbor that bought one of those and she told me about the feet being pulled off. Our chickens we had years ago were free range (they eat ticks and such) and they slept in the shed at night. the Coyotes get my wifes Ruger 22 mag for dinner.

    I like the fact your coop with be hurricane hardened! Your chickens will too... Have fun.
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    Finally got a couple small steps done and making forward progress. The weather here has been rain, with a chance of rain followed by more rain.

    Started to break down the pallet of parts and set up the runners and floor joists.
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