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Very basic and cheap hen house?

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Hello, I will be getting 5 laying hens within the next couple of days. They will be my first hens, but my husband had some when he was younger. 

 

We are having a hard time finding something to buy for the hens. Everything is so overpriced, even used dog houses on Craigslist. The only good ones are $200+. 

 

What I am asking for is a simple and cheap design for the hens. 

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If you're willing to build it yourself...you can build a nice little coop for just 5 hens fairly inexpensively.

 

I would recommend finding shipping pallets, personally.  Lots of places give those away free or almost free.

 

If you're wanting to get one that has already been built, I doubt you'll be able to find an acceptable pre-built one anywhere (new) for under $200.  Possibly, but I would imagine something brand new like that wouldn't stand up to the elements or predators very well.

 

Lots of coop designs here:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

 

Or...you could put an ad on Craigslist and say "WANTED: newly built coop for 5 hens, willing to pay no more than $200"  and see if you get any bites.  Lots of handypeople out there with their own supplies that could use a few bucks.

 

Here is a particularly nice coop of a member here at BYC who used a bunch of free shipping pallets:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/judys-free-pallet-chicken-coop

 

Clearly it is large and nowhere near required size for YOUR chickens if you're only having 5 - but what it does do is give you some ideas on what you can do with free or next-to-nothing pallets.

 

There are TONS of videos on www.youtube.com that have all sorts of ways to build hen houses for little to next to nothing, too. =)


Edited by CluckyCharms - 10/8/12 at 12:24pm

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"Ma ma ma myyyy Serama"

♥White Chantecler preservation to begin Oct. 2014!♥

My Chickens: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/cluckys-cluckers

I come here for the chicken chatter - keep your personal issues "outta muh face"

...but I'll talk about chickens til' the cows come home. :)

 

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