Dutch Hollow Hoop Coop

By lklik, Apr 11, 2013 | Updated: Apr 23, 2013 | | |
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  1. lklik
    Summary: 8'x8' ft footprint and over 6' tall! Large, light weight, easy to move with 1 person and about $200 to build!


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    Getting our first chickens meant building our first coop! I wanted a tractor format but something I could walk into and stand up in. At 6'2" I don't bend over easily and my height meant BIG coop for only 6 chickens.

    I found an idea of a Hoop Coop shared by Rain Creek Pottery that I liked and looked like it would suit my needs perfectly. This hoop coop tractor design would allow my birds the comfort of a large enclosure and access to fresh grass/bugs daily and is light enough I can move it by myself without help.

    I'm still in the construction phase and I'm about 70% done! Here' my progress thus far, see the Rain Creek Pottery link for detailed photos.

    Supply List
    • (2) 2x6x8 - pressure treated boards
    • (2) 2x6x10 - pressure treated boards
    • (2) 50"x16' Cattle Panels
    • (16) 2x2x8
    • (4) Eyebolts
    • 10x16' High Grade UV and Arctic rated tarp
    • (3) small baskets (nest boxes)
    • Box of fence staples (medium)
    • Box of fence staples (small)
    • Box of 2.5" screws
    • Cable Ties
    • Hinges
    • Latch
    • Screen door spring
    • 1" chicken wire

    I cut the 2x6x10 down so there was 2" beyond the cattle panel on each end an stapled the daylights out of it
    I opted to flip the whole thing over before bending so the stapled part would be to the inside of the coop.


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    The next part was a learning curve. When putting up your frame make sure the area you're working on is level! When I moved the coop from outside to inside the shop for the night I noticed how off my door frame was! Thankfully it was an easy fix and I found it before I started putting chicken wire up.


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    Looking MUCH better, frame is up the panels are feeling much more secure and don't wobble any more and can even support my weigh leaning up against them.


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    This is where I've left off. Apparently I still am daft and can't find level but it's a house for chickens and not for me so it's good enough for who it's for. I've chicken wired the back opening, chicken wired the front, the door, 3 hinges used, a nice latch that I can use a snap on to secure easily, and my screen door spring so the door always closes and can't accidentally be left open.

    Inside dimensions are 8'x8' so it has the potential to house many more than my 6 chicks.

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    Corner bracing. I used the scraps from the 2x6x10 cut in half as the brace. Also note the bolt and nut in the corner.. That's to the Eye bolt so I can hook ropes on to drag it easily. I opted NOT to use the eye screws because I've had issues with them pulling out in years past. Also note how I kept the cattle panels to the inside of the coop. This way when they are bent the stress of the panel is not pushing against the staples.


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    This is how I've been attaching the 2x2's onto the cattle panels. This photo shows a roosting perch that is angled.


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    Here's the finished inside! Nesting boxes, with 2 roosting areas.


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    Here's the underside of the nesting boxes so you can see what I did to brace it. I used 2 screws (one front one back) of each nesting box to secure it to the 2x2's.


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    I bought a GREAT UV and Artic rated tarp with rope reinforced seams from MyTarps.com... I highly recommend them, great service, they even found a better way to ship to me and refunded me the difference. Great customer service and I got a high quality Made in the USA tarp!

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    Close up of how I secured the tarp to the footer boards and to the back using a large washer and screw. Note, by keeping the cattle panels to the inside of the board this process was very easy and will generate less wear on your tarp!


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    That's it! The coop is done! Time to drag it out of the workshop and into the pasture. It'll be a few more weeks until my chicks are old enough to enjoy their new home.

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  1. 2eggsfried
    Love it, simple and easy to build. How many chickens can you have in this coop? I have four right now, but plan to get more next year and plan on using this type coop.
  2. ladyearth
    looks good.... But I agree with carlase
    I wanted them Ft Knoxed......But I used cattle panels on my run but they are covered the first 3 foot with HARDWARE cloth and a foot apron of hardware cloth.touching the ground. I kept my panel upright , not hooped....Then after the hdwe cloth is chicken wire rest way up then roof covered with stringed overlapping chicken wire
    Their chicken door is closed at night > a hdwe centered door for hot weather and a solid wood door for cold weather....
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  3. Bean789
    What size tarp did you get for this hoop coop? I am bad about measuring when it comes to covering something like this unless it is in a straight line.
  4. jchny2000
    The safety fencing is called snow barrier and a lot of other names. it comes in different colors too. Loved your post! I plan to use a hoop coop design for breeder pens next year.
  5. cooliechick
    You could also use the orange safety fencing. It is stronger than chick or chicken wire and there is one type that has smaller holes/spaces too.
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  6. cooliechick
    I was at Rain Creek about 2 weeks ago and was able to chat with the owner. She has coyotes, racoons, etc., the same as we do, and, she has had no problems with predators. She does have chicken wire on the lower part, between the cattle panels and the tarp. You can also buy horse panels. Horse panels are about the same size, but, the holes are 2" x 4", which will give you a much safer coop. Be prepared to pay more money for horse panels as there is more metal in them. Some panels are not as thick of rod. The pens are very nice. They are heavy enough to not be moved by predator type critters unless you get a cougar or bear.

    Donkeys are also good guards against predators. They also will take on dogs, coyotes, etc.
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  8. carlsaSC
    Maybe adding a row of 1" chicken wire under the tarp and outside the cattle panels down low would make me feel easier. Your addition of the net fence and the alpaca is very good.
  9. conny63malies
    I think this should be great for a breeding pair of turkeys or geese. What do you think. Will be guarded and within a fenced area too, of course.
  10. mmeyer
    I like it! Good ideas...
  11. lklik
    CarlaSC - This is meant to be used like a chicken tractor. It is not my permanent coop. This Hoop Coop is now living inside my electric netting fence and guarded by my alpaca stud. I think between 2 Joules of electric shock and a cranky alpaca the chickens will be happy and safe in their quarters.
  12. carlsaSC
    Sorry, does not appear to be predator proof enough for me.
  13. Penny Hen
    Very cool!
  14. lklik
    Total cost for this project was $230 and I have some extra 2x2x8's left over.
  15. Chickenfan4life
    :hmm it's awesome! I want to use this now! I have some breeder birds, and I am trying to figure out a pen for 'em! Thank you!

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