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Greenhouse to Coop/Storage Conversion

By hocuspocus, May 13, 2015 | Updated: May 13, 2015 | | |
  1. hocuspocus
    OK, so 12 years ago I built myself a greenhouse, thinking that I was going to grow things all year round. Well, after several years, and less than stellar results, the "Adventure in Horticulture" turned into a great place to store the tools and lawnmower.

    Here's what the original greenhouse looked like:

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    The first step in the conversion process was to clear out all of the plant shelves, tools, and everything else that had accumulated over the years. Then, the building was divided in half, with the coop side walls covered with plywood and the floor covered with a critter proof mesh. This is how it looks:

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    Here are a few more views of the coop side:


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    Next, the construction of the run became a challenge due to the multiple slopes of the surrounding land. For construction I employed 2"x2" lumber, landscape timbers, and the same 2"x4" metal fencing as used inside the coop. 3/4 of the run, as well as the roof over the coop was covered with standard metal roofing. Here's how the transformation turned out:

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    The coop and run were such a success with our two blue/black Orpingtons, that we decided to give them two new roommates. a Rhode Island Red and a Wyandotte.


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    We, and the girls, have been very happy with the transformation.

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  1. Suziqzer
    Beautiful! I always wanted a greenhouse myself and we never got around to that project ... I'm thinking it would have ended much like yours, not utilized fully. Great repurpose of a beautiful little building and landscape.
  2. featherweightmn
  3. hocuspocus
    Thanks for your comments. Yes, we considered putting up hardware cloth on the run, but we have few,if any daytime predators and the chickens are shut up tightly in the coop from dusk to dawn. The 2"x4" wire mesh also covers the open part (roof) which is more than adequate to protect against hawks, etc. and there aren't any other openings.
    I would agree that if there were daytime predators in our area I would have used the 1/2" mesh.
  4. Brookliner
    Beautiful coop. You might want to put 1/2" hardware cloth a least 3 feet up on your run and over any openings. Predators can grab a chicken and eat it through the fencing if they can.get their paw through.
  5. crazyfeathers
    Beautiful! I love the color.

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