|4 cattle panels, 50" x 16' $19.99 each at TSC|
More hoop coops would be ideal. I priced out the difference between building one the way I did my brooder coop, based on a pvc pipe framework and one made with cattle panels. The cattle panels won hands down for cost. So off I went to Tractor Supply Company and bought four of them, 50 inches tall and 16 feet long.
I still had some 2x6 my friends gave me. Of course none were 16 feet long so I doubled them up until they were that long and gave them two coats of exterior paint. (Ace special oops, $5 a gallon). I painted some of my tool handles while I was at it.
And worked a bit trying to level up the area I planned to put the new coop.
Then I drug the panels up and used heavy fence staples to fasten the panels to the 2x6s.
Now I had a real dilemma. Ideally the panels should be inside the frame work, so that under tension they would not pop the staples loose. Had I used a single 2x6 on each side I might could have flipped it over myself. But with them doubled I was having a hard time. After waiting three days for help that never materialized I figured out a way to do it myself.
I used ratchet straps to start bending the panels over. Yup I know it's upside down right now...
I just kept tightening straps and taking up slack until I got to this point.
Then I drug the boards around to get to this point.
Some pushing and pulling and it's sort of in the right place. The end boards painted and screwed into place.
It's *almost* level, slightly out of square and the end framing is started. Maybe I'll get to work on it some more next weekend.