Introduction: Scrap Wood Chicken Coop

It was taking to long to add the video to this website, so i've put it on youtube. The link for the video.... 
http://youtu.be/5ESMNbPzuxQ thanks.

The coop is made from wood what I have found in skips. the run its self, I had to buy the mesh, felt, beams, hinges and bolts. But apart from that everything was scrap :)
Sorry i haven't got any photos to show you from the start, my phone was broke at the time.

All together i spent about 60 quid that was with the run beams, mesh, felt and hinges and bolts.

This coop is about 6ft by 4ft and should served about 5/6 birds for a good coop...

The coop beams are all 6ft tall and they are all different what i found so i had to cut them to size. I then found another four long beams and cut two of them to about 6ft and then the other two to about 4ft which was for the frame. I basically laid them on my garage floor and lined them up and used 3/4 inch screws to fix them together so it wasn't over lapping it just fitted in to a square shape. I then raised the frame about 2/3ft off the ground so the chickens could go underneath and this would stop any animals trying to dig in to the coop. I Then fitted the beams to the frame by wedging it up on to some chairs and just put a beam in each corner and used the same screws. At this point you could also fit some more wood on the inside of the frame for extra support but i didn't since i had no more wood. At the top of the beams about half a foot down I then put beams and fitted each one around like a square for the support wall The inside so i could fit pallet would for the main walls of the coop which i got free from a friend. I then found some ply wood and cut them to size to cover the full frame and make a floor. On the inside i put a small long piece of wood along the bottom and screwed it to the beams so i had support for the pallet would with screws. I used about 1/2 to 1 inch screws to fit the pallet wood or what i could find really. I also found a small mesh grill and so springs. i used the grill for the window and left a square out the pallet wood and just built a frame around it to fit to size... Rain could blow in so i need to get some plastic to cover it up but still haven't found out yet. For the nest box i have seen that people over lap with the floor but i didn't have enough so i just made do with what I had. I got two small pieces of wood and screwed them to the beams and fitted a piece of long wood across them. I then made a square frame and fitted this on the the wood so it stuck out about a foot, well the same distance with the nest box as the can see. I then got pallet wood and build up the side walls, i fitted the wood to the beams and got a small piece of wood for the further end to just support the box I then build a long flip door with screws which fit and attached the springs to the side wood and the door so it can flip down. For the roof i didn't just down the beam so it would slop, i just couldn't be bothered so i just attached 3 pieces of wood at the front, middle and both ends so it just attached to the beams and didn't overlap. The wood is just long pieces of plywood and i cut them to about 6half ft and fitted some long pieces of wood to made a big roof. I had to buy some felt and them just attached it.... with a sloping roof you get gaps at each side so i just cut some wood to size and screwed then in. I left a small gap the the front for a vent and just used mesh for the back part for a vent to. for the nest box roof i used chip board and just nailed them to the wood. For the slide door i used wood from a draw so it had a cut in the middle and could make it as a sliding action and i used chip wood for the door and pallet wood for the main door. The perch was just a basic design and the nest box i used chip wood to make 3 all together. If they was any gaps left i just used pallet wood to finish off :) I am going to try and upload a video to show you more. Thanks for looking and if there any questions please ask thank you.
 

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venman55 (author)2015-10-03

Is it secure from raccoons and other animals

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aussiejbl (author)2013-10-25

Just to let you know, but the YouTube link you supplied does not work!