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Hello,

I am just beginning this wonderful new adventure of raising chickens and am looking forward to learning much from this site.  6 of my peeps (red rangers)are just over a week old and my other three (2 lavender and one black Orpington) are a couple days younger.  I have been searching for a coop.  I found someone on craigslist who builds beautiful coops, but my husband is of the opinion that the cost is too much.  It is a very well built shaker style 4x5 and the interior height is about 5'6" at the peak.  The legs of the coop are 4x4 posts and the coop is elevated, I guess less than a foot high off the ground.  I have zero skills at building and my husband, while very capable, is on a PICC line and cannot build me one.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Sadly, its seems that the majority of pre-fab coops are more biased towards "eye-candy" for purchasers, rather than chickens. A garden shed design works very well, and is likely to be cheaper and will provide more flexibility as your flock grows (which it inevitable will :)). 

 

Theres lots and lots of info in the "Coops" section as well as the "coops and runs" forum for you to take a look through, but this link may help also.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1094945/coop-plans-for-a-super-beginner/10

 

 

Good luck!

 

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I'm just starting out and am modifying a Little Tykes playhouse!
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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Coops can be built fairly inexpensively out of a variety of re-used materials. Pallets are usually free and can be used. Some people have re-purposed plastic children's playhouses. Places like Habitat for Humanity can be a good source for materials. The main thing is that the birds are safe from flying and digging predators and that they have ample room inside the coop.

 

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