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Egg Shaped Hoop Coop

By naturespace, Jul 20, 2012 | Updated: Jul 24, 2012 | | |
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  1. naturespace
    here are some photos of our hoop house.
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    we used
    - 2 cattle panels
    - a couple of pieces of plywood
    - some 2x4s
    - an old screen door
    - tons of 1/2 inch hardware cloth
    - tarp from Costco
    - lots of zip ties too


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    We put the nesting boxes inside, but now wish they were on the outside, just to provide more room for roosting.
    the roosts are made from some young tree branches we cut out of the woods. I might now use 2x4s if we were re building, we might still change that.
    For watering we installed PVC pipes fitted with poultry nipples. The feeder is 4" PVC pipe that can be loaded from the outside.


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    We don't plan on moving the coop very much. Instead we are moving the electric netting every few days. It's been several months now and only the area right in front of the coop door is worn to the dirt. We are using a solar charger 3 miles, but also got a 10 mile charger that is much more powerful. We would only go with 10 mile from now on with the fencing we have.


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    We also added some fishing line strung between the trees to help deter raptors. On the wires we added strips of Mylar space blanket material to reflex the light.


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    Here is an updated photo as of July 23, 2012. You can see the little bit of wearing in front of the coop and our "chicken TV" lounge chairs.

    Details of feeder, waterer and nesting box.
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    Feeder tube and water bucket.

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    Feeder and water nipples from inside.


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    we made the nesting boxes wide because we find the girls will pile on top of each other to use the same box. the egg is a wooden egg my DH turned to encourage laying in the boxes. None of our pullets are laying yet.

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  1. rancher hicks
    What I did since I had to do it alone, was to tie a rope to one side of the panel and then loop it through the other side and pull it together. Tie it off and then nail it to the base frame.

    Or have another person help bend it.

    Use heavy U nails to hold it to the frame.

    You can see pictures of my frame up on the NY chicken lovers thread.

    Rancher Hicks
  2. cowchipss
    I'm planning to make a hoop coop too! I have a friend who thinks I would need something to bend the cattle panels over a barrel or something else round to make a round hoop shape.... Every DIY blog about cattle panel hoop coops that' I've read does not mention anything about the difficulty of bending the fencing.... Did you guys have any trouble getting the panel to bend/flex into a hoop shape?
  3. Dee Dee 2
    You did a great job ! I love the air vent on top cut out like chickens. DH is quite the wood worker ! How do you like your PREMIER electric netting ?
  4. OneBrokenWing
    This is the cutest hoop coop I have seen! Now I want one...... Great Job, unique and original!
  5. GoldenSparrow
    That is so cool!
  6. sezjasper
    This looks great, very creative use of materials! I wonder about winters, though...are winters a problem where you live?
  7. birdsforbrowns
    Fantastic Coop...Wish we had seen it before we converted our doghouse! Wonderful!
  8. judyki2004
    love it! very cute and i guess functional! love the chicken-cut-out window!
  9. rancher hicks
    I do have a question about those waterers too. I have 5 gallon buckets with three nipples each and I do have a heater in each. However I noticed that they do get dirty. One has green in it and I've had to clean it once already.
    How can you tell if there is not "green" in that pipe? Of course if you live in the south or warmer climes you won't need a heater.
    I like being able to fill the buckets and not have carry water for a few days, but worry about them have clean water too.
  10. Dee Dee 2
    Questions Please ?? Very nice, good "eye" appeal. Is your netting from Premier Fencing ? I want to install watering nipples for my chickens. What height did you put them ? Where did you get them ? How long did it take for the chickens to learn to use them ? Have you ever used them for newborn chicks ? Can water nipples be used connecting a hose to a piece of p.v.c. @ 40 lb. p.s.i. . Is the white bucket where you put the water to run to the watering pipe ? I am installing Premier electric netting as extra insruance around the outside of my pen but on ocassion may let the girls in that area. Have you ever had "fly overs" ?

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