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Converting old travel trailer to coop

post #1 of 5
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I just joined this website and am SO grateful for all the guidance!

I'm very excited, because we were recently able to buy 10 acres and now I can have the chickens I've always wanted.  The property we bought has an *OLD* travel trailer on it with most of the innards removed already.  It's not moveable, bit it's still pretty weatherproof, and I'm thinking of converting it to a coop. I *think* that I'll be able to create a coop for less than the cost of building a new structure if I just paint, ventilate, put in vinyl flooring or similar, insulate, cut openings to add bigger windows and a nest access, and build the dividers and roosts myself. If anyone has advice on this I would love to hear it.  I've seen info on RV trailer-conversion on few pages and videos on this site and the Internet, but it seems that they refer to newer trailers which can be moved.  (I can't post an image because I 'm a newbie--understandable.)

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 5

OH I am jealous!   I think it would be fun to convert a camper into a coop.  You are going to have fun!

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post #3 of 5

I would think this should help a lot.  Link
http://www.mymilescity.com/guinea/camper-coop.html
I'm going to convert one also this spring.

post #4 of 5
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Thanks to both of you!  It is indeed going to be fun.  On of the the things I'm going to have to figure out is where to cut and finish the holes without damaging the structure too much.  But hey, anything I do to this old trailer will be an improvement.  It's got to be the ugliest thing on the fact of the earth right now--the entire thing is painted poop brown, with bright-red fake brick linoleum as a "foundation" (skirt).  Once I've been a member long enough, I'll post photos.

post #5 of 5

Hi everyone!  I am about to "inherit" a dozen chickens; am looking for a travel trailer to convert into a coop as well  We have a huge fenced run, and plan to build a ramp from the trailer into the run for free-ranging during the day.  Would love to see pictures of any trailers/mobilehome/RV/etc. that has been converted to a coop by any members here, as well as any tips about the conversion process.  Thank you so much!!

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