Enclosed Dog Kennel Coop

By saltnprepper, Feb 5, 2014 | Updated: Feb 5, 2014 | | |
  1. saltnprepper
    I used a 8ft long by 4ft wide by 6ft tall covered kennel and constructed a coop to fit inside of it. I put the kennel and coop next to the chickens favorite bush and removed a panel from the dog kennel allowing an area for the chickens to go in and out of the kennel to the enclosed the bush area. I enclosed the bush by attached some fencing to the kennel where the missing panel would go and using tent stakes every foot or so to tack it down, because the bush flares outward they can not fly out. So they have a covered enclosure and free access to their favorite spot in the yard, around the flowering bush, which I do not even know the type of bush that it is. I am not concerned with predators because of my yard fencing and being in the city area and I have two dogs that patrol the yard. I am finally happy with the coop and enclosure which will enable me to use the fire pit sans chicken poop! The black boxes in the front corner are laying boxes. I have them blocked off because they are only 19 weeks old. I used stacking bins with the hopper opening from walmart with dish pans attached to the tops to allow room for the girls to stand up in the boxes. I had to use lids from totes attached to the enclosure with zip ties so they obscure the tops of these items to keep the girls from roosting on the food, water and laying boxes. The water is a 5 gallon sports container with a brite-tap waterer that I bought on Amazon. It works great but does freeze sometimes. The food bin is a hopper style that holds 35# of feed and I got it from ebay. I plan on getting some solar lights from my dollar store and lighting around the enclosure with them. I will also hang two planter boxes from the enclosure this spring to grow some treats for the girls right on the enclosure walls.

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  1. TwoCrows
    I used something similar for my quail aviaries. The dog kennel panels go up so easy. Great job!
  2. Brookliner
    I use those same bins they work great.

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