In the beginning, I had a plot of land and a design idea. The plan was to build using as much salvaged materials as possible and to spend as little money as possible. Mission accomplished!
Since I was planning on moving my garden to a new spot, I decided that the old garden spot would be the perfect place for the new chicken coop. I bought my nesting boxes the year prior at an estate auction. The cinder blocks, plywood, 4x4s and 2x4s were all left over from other projects or gotten for free from the fella's work.
We did have to buy 2x4's for the chicken run but we bought them as surplus lumber from a local builder. The run posts were the only items we actually had to buy from a big box store. The metal roofing was also bought from a local surplus building supply business. The front porch wood was all free and from a skid on a shipping box.
As you can tell from the pictures, we've been working on our Coop DeVille for some time now. We haven't been consistent with our project,as my boyfriend travels at times for his work, but I'm guessing we have about 80 to 100 hours in our project.
The chicken coop siding is aluminum sheeting off a late 1940's mobile home that we salvaged for free and pieced back together. We also salvaged the windows and door from the same old mobile home. I did buy a can of paint from our local hardware store. The black chicken wire used in the run was also purchased from a local company that sells commercial farm equipment.
And of course all my plants were purchased at the annual local greenhouse parking lot end of season sale. I've been going to this sale for years and always save big money on plants. I had to create some new flower beds for the chicken coop and worked off of the existing plants and shrubs. Then of course we added the landscaping stone to help define the flower gardens and tie the coop and garden together.
My boyfriend made me the window box planter and then added the vintage license plates from his collection. I love it. I also really love the cool front porch he built!
We still have a few areas to finish up yet but in general I'm calling this project a mission accomplished and for under $1,000 too! I absolutely love having chickens running around again and the fella is into them too. Thanks to my super handy fella for all his hard work to make my chicken coop dreams come true!
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