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Our Hoop Coops


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I'll fill in all the details in a bit.. basically we used a 2 X 4 X 10 for each of the ends and two 2 X 4 X 8's with mending plates for each of the sides.. making the final coop size 8' 8" X 16'

we use a total of 5 cattle panels (4 for the length and one cut for the end and door)

the plywood was scrap 1/2" that we had laying around


My husband used a rotary cutter to cut the cow panels and also welded them together for added strength

later today we'll finish this one adding a door, poultry netting, a tarp and next week (when I get back to town) we'll get the hardware cloth for the bottom 2' around the coop


since this one is for our emu chicks we won't be adding a roost at this time.. in our other hoop coops we do have roosts that we made from thick tree branches


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laying out the cow panels onto the bottom frame

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all 4 cow panels in the frame

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using metal strapping to secure the cattle panels

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with end supports in place

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securing the back (it's also nailed into the supports)

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adding the front cattle panel (cutting with the rotary cutter)

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welding the cattle panels together for added strength

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He also welded the top arch of the cattle panels together (I didn't take a picture of that..)

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Almost done!.. Just needs a door, poultry netting, hardware cloth and a tarp

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my husband hanging most of his 170 pounds from the cattle panels (his knees aren't touching the ground).. yup.. they are tough

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with the door in place

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adding the cattle panel to the door

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tacking down the poultry netting.. we secure it more once the hardware cloth is in place over it.. this is just to hold the poultry netting in place while we get it all put on

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I use J clips to tie the poultry netting together

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and I use Hog Rings to help tack the poultry netting and hardware cloth to the cow panels (the hardware cloth is also attached to the wooden frame)

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here's the coop with one tarp on (I have the "flaps up" since it's nice and breezy out).. it can be secured more with hog rings, zip ties or baling wire. I'll add another tarp to the front in a few days.. but the emu chicks are enjoying it "as is"

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the Hoop Coop makes a nice safe play and sleeping area for the emu chicks when I'm not letting them free range.. later on I'll use it as a grow out pen for turkey poults or meat chickens.. I can always add a roost later on if I want one as well as the plastic pipe feeders.



Here's some of the "kids".. the others didn't make it into the picture!

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I may add more info later on.. like exact measurements and such if anyone is really interested


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Comments (19)

Looks great! Great job!! Thanks for all of the detail! Can't wait to tell hubby I want one of these and some turkeys!!
I love this. I have a lot of wildlife,raccoons, possums, owls, hawks. If one of the coons climbed this, do you thik it would collapse?
thanks for the compliments.. we added a picture of my husband hanging with most of his weight on the cow panels.. he weighs right around 170.. if it can withstand his weight there's no worry of a raccoon causing a collapse.. if you are concerned about predators then I would suggest covering the entire coop with hardware cloth over the cattle panels.. we only go up about 2 feet high from the bottom because we use the Nite Guard lights and the area is also patrolled by our livestock guardian dog.. nothing gets past her!
If you're not familiar with cattle panels they were created as a barrier for cattle to help keep them contained... pretty heavy gauge stuff .. you have to use bolt cutters or something similar to cut it.. he uses a rotary cutter which does the job just fine
Awesome! I can just imagine how strong it is. Well done and thanks for sharing.
For what its worth, it's called "stressed skin construction" and its how they make airplanes strong - but light at the same time.
Is this intended to stand as sole defense against predators? Have you anticipated digging predators - the kind that can get under the side rails?
Very nice work, and hubby is a Constructuer, par excellence.
These also make nice greenhouses/cloches and brooders. Make a mess of 'em!
no if a coon climbed it it would not collapse....see the photo of her husband hanging on it?
to Davaroo.. we used to have a big problem with predators.. ours birds used to free range and would roost outside of the fenced area that our Livestock Guardian Dog had access. We added nite guard lights to the area where the birds were hanging out and our losses dropped to 0. When we started building the hoop coops we made sure it was in an area that our LGD had access... so between the nite guard lights (which we moved to the coop area), confining the birds and the LGD we really don't need to add more wire into the ground under the coops. Predators give the LGD area a very wide berth and we aren't catching any critters in the live traps anymore (which are outside of the LGD's grounds
I hope to get my son to build several of these for me. Thanks for the info.
Nice info, yinepu. What are these "guard lights?"
And what is a livestock guard dog - all I have are mutts.
the nite guard lights are solar powered red flashing lights .. i find they they made a major difference with predators way out here in "cow country".. but I wouldn't recommend them for someone who has city predators to deal with (since ours aren't used to flashing lights and city preds are),, our livestock guardian dog is a cross between Anatolian and Great Pyrenees.. (she looks like a Great Pyrenees though). She's a massive dog who lives to guard any critter we give her.. chickens, emus, ducks, mini horses, turkeys, cats, goats, rabbits.. even the big horses were "her babies".. She won't allow predators anywhere near them (chasing off or killing the predator) and she also guards them from strangers.
Froglevelcroft.. you'll love them!
Nice job. Cute chicks. :)
awesome coop! Is that you who had a pic of it somewhere else with pipe wraps on the bottom so it could be moved around easier with a tractor? or was that someone else? I saw one with about 8 cattle panels, so it was bigger....but what a great idea!
My big problem here in East Texas has been snakes, but I guess covering the whole thing with hardware cloth would take care of that. About how much does it cost to make one of these? I have a nice coop for my ducks but I am thinking of raising some chickens for meat and didn't want to invest a huge amount of money in another coop/run. We don't have a dog who will guard birds, but we have a couple who would love to eat them!
Another question: can you please give the measurements for the wood pieces at the ends?
Awesome coop & thanks so much for the wonderful pix o step by step detail. I need that! I have some cattle panells that have broken horazntal bars that would work great for this too. I'm all about "upcycling" other's trash for my treasures!
I'm glad it helped.
very cool...thanks for sharing
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