We got 6 new chicks and we recently introduced them to our older chickens in the coop. The older chickens have their preferred areas in their coop, so I decided to get a new coop for the new chicks. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and already have a fenced-off area for the chickens to run, so I just needed a place for them to sleep and nest. I picked up an old, chewed up dog house for $20. I painted it, replaced the shingles (I still need to shingle the very top, I ran out of shingles), pried off a portion of the roof and added hinges so my daughter can flip it open and gather eggs once they start laying, and replaced the chewed-up wood framing around the entrance. I got four crates from McDonald's for free and added a roosting bar from scrap wood I had on hand. The total cost was around $50. The dog house was $20, the shingles were $25, and the hinges were $5. Everything else was free. I already had the paint and extra wood on hand. The new chicks will love this!
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