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By Apprentice_egger · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jul 30, 2012 · ·
  1. Apprentice_egger
    Northern Wings

    Home Farm
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    I started with crates that I rescued from a local business. First filling in the holes between existing boards and joining two together for a larger coop.
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    After I had the two crates joined I started to work on the fronts. I added a perch and nest box, then started to fill in the front.
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    Windows and doors on both side will make it easier to clean. Of course it helps that I had some things lying around waiting to be used in a project like this. The roof was in the process of being added when the snows fell. Luckily, it wasn't as hard to build a Duck house (Coop).
    The one Crate Duck House (Coop)

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    One crate was used to build the duck's housing. It was easier to cut down the back of the crate to create the slope of the roof then to build a sloped roof on top of the square crate.
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    No windows in the duck's house since they only sleep in it. They have the luxury of a run right now, so they can be outside during the day.
    SANY0542.jpg This is what you can find for the taking in my area. A little bit of work and you have usable wood that you just have to build into anything you need. Either that or it gets burned up....outside of the factory.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. CCUK
    "Great coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 29, 2018
    Good use of old crates.
  2. Anonymous
    "Very rustic"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 5, 2018
  3. rosemarythyme
    "Rustic recycling, flat roof"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jun 30, 2018
    (As I don't have ducks this review is mainly focused on the chicken coop.)

    The tones of the recycled wood gives these coops a beautiful, rustic effect while saving a lot of money and saving wood from being tossed out. So thumbs up on that!

    The layout appears to be fairly functional as well for a small flock, however I am concerned about ventilation with a build like this... even if those side windows are wire mesh instead of glass, it's still a minimal amount of ventilation. I'd rather see some slots left open towards the roofline as well, or maybe a small window on another side, to capture some cross breeze.

    The roof is also an issue since snowfall was mentioned. In an area with very little or no precipitation a flat roof might be something you can get away with, but any decent rainfall or snow will be problematic on a flat roof. The slanted roof seen on the duck coop is a better option.


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  1. Adorkable
    I love this. You've done an amazing job!

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