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Summer Rayne O
145 S 3rd Street
(Williamsburg )
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Project Funded and Volunteer Days Under the Way!

the project

In June 2017 I began fostering an orphan Rhode Island Red hen named Kippee. Since that time, I've grown quite attached to the very sweet, personable hen and it's been my mission to get her a coop in the local neighborhood so she could have a proper home, yet I could still care for her.

A member from GreenThumbNYC tipped me off to a wonderful organization named Los Sures, which is a community-based, non-profit organization that has served as an integral part in rebuilding the South Side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1972. Los Sures has undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably and creating a safe and sustainable neighborhood. Additionally, the organization provides a multitude of much-needed services, including a senior center, food pantry and food independence operations, including the build out and management of local gardens, a hydroponic program, and of course—a hen coop equipped with fresh eggs!

However, the hen coop and run has never been properly designed, it needs proper winterization, and also the area needs to be "rat-proofed". We want to see Kippee and her friends have a fabulous, well-working coop and run; as well as give the community members the chicken coop area they always dreamt of, while engaging them in the build out process!

the steps

Here are the tentative dates that we have set for coop and run preparation, build-out and repair:

  • March 22nd, 2018 - get as many of the materials as possible for the next month of build out; the first construction that will take place will be building a wall around the chicken run and coop area. This will help reduce rats in the area and give a designated space for the chickens to roam
  • Apr 12th, 2018 - wood removal of the current coop, rat-proofing underneath the coop and run area, laying the foundation for the new coop
  • May 12th, 2018 - building a simple rainfwater catchment roof structure over the run, which will not only serve to shade the chickens from hot sun or from rain, sleet or snow, but also be able to collect rainwater, so there is easy access for hens to have fresh water nearby.
  • May 19th, 2018 - Gallina coop build out day! We plan to invite many members of the community to be involved, as well as members of the press. 
  • May 20th, 2018 - Big Reveal of New Coop, Kippee gets introduced to her new coop and to the community members! 

why we're doing it

This coop buildout is part of a larger inititative of Los Sures' food justice programs in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The organization has a goal of building out a larger hen area and getting more hens so that the locals within the area can enjoy their company as well as their eggs. Chickens have been an integral component of many people's lives who live in the area, so the joy as well as the benefits they bring are many. Additionally, Kippee, the Rhode Island Red, who was orphaned at a young age and adopted from the Wild Bird Fund, will be happy to join a flock with a beautiful new coop and run! 


Disbursed Budget

Raised = $3,550.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less Payment Processing Fee (3%) $102.38
Total to disburse = $3,412.62
25 2x4 8" pressure treated wood $400.00
6 2x6 8" pressure treated wood $60.00
4'x8' 3/4" ply pressure treated CDX $53.00
10 4'x8' x 3/4" ply $300.00
shingles roll for roofing $120.00
roof felt $20.00
4 1 1/4" dowels for perches $6.00
door handles $10.00
2.5" bolts $7.00
staples $5.00
deck screws 3 inch 10lb $52.00
drills $300
staple gun $12.62
shovels $25.00
saws $25.00
roofing nails $10.00
3" hinges $12.00
drill bits $20.00
geo fabric $125.00
plants for the garden $175.00
cover crop and feed seeds $100.00
stones $100.00
chicken bedding $175.00
mulch $125.00
chicken food + treats $175.00
raised bed / planter lumber (32 boards @ $25) $800.00
Delivery fees $200.00

Original Budget

This project is a four stage initiative. We'll be "rat-proofing" the surrounding area, which requires digging beneath the earth to create a solid foundation, building a cinderblock wall around the coop; doing the build out and winterizing of the actual coop, crafting a simple water-catchment roof for the run, and also creating a chicken garden—filled with delicious plants for the chickens to eat.

Materials we need to purchase and have delivered include:

  • 50 Cinderblocks = $100
  • 25 2x4 8" pressure treated wood = $400
  • 6 2x6 8" pressure treated wood = $60
  • 4'x8' 3/4" ply pressure treated CDX = $53
  • 10 4'x8' x 3/4" ply = $300
  • shingles roll for roofing = $120
  • roof felt = $20 
  • 5 1" 4'x50' poultry netting = $47
  • 4 1 1/4" dowels for perches = $6
  • door handles = $10
  • 2.5" bolts = $7
  • staples = $5
  • screws = $10
  • drills = $20
  • staple gun = $10
  • shovels = $25
  • saws = $25
  • roofing nails = $10
  • 3" hinges = $12
  • drill bits = 20
  • geo fabric = $125
  • stones = $100
  • chicken bedding = $300
  • plants for the garden = $50
  • soil = $200
  • mulch = $100
  • chicken food + treats = $100
  • Delivery fees = $75
  • Shipping costs
  • Contingency fees 

SUBTOTAL = $2,750
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $83



Project Funded and Volunteer Days Under the Way!

Hey All,

This update is long overdue but I wanted to give you a big hearty THANK YOU for supporting the chicken coop and garden build out at Los Sures. I spent part of yesterday with Zach, from Los Sures, to pick up the remaining materials for the buildout and our first volunteer day starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 12th and our second one is the following Saturday, May 19th.

If you or anyone else would like to participate in the coop and buildout, please do not hesitate to reach out. Otherwise, we'll see you there! (and will send along photos and videos once complete).


Summer Rayne, Kippee, Los Sures, and the Hens


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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