KI4GOT's Small "Hoop Coop"04.23.2011
Getting back into chickens again, I decided to plan it out a bit more than the first time around...
Tractor Supply had a neat idea on their website of using a dog house, a few other people have/had 'hoop coops' I liked. My large coop I plan to do "My Way" but for now the Hoop Coop will do just fine.
Once I start putting it all together (next weekend) I'll post more pics of the progress I'm making. But I already have the doghouse and plywood I plan to use, as well as the pvc electrical conduit and connectors, so all I'll have to buy is the wood, wire and hinges..
I'm going to use the 1" hex wire on the body, and 2x4 welded wire on the bottom. I debated wiring the bottom but we do have predators of all shapes and sizes around here, so decided to err on the side of caution. Tho with my luck, the coop will be flattenned by a clumsy bambi before a fox/bobcat/raccoon/possum goes anywhere near it. I'm repairing my horse fence AGAIN thanks to these antlered rats.
Anyways, here's the design... Hope it's readable.
Well some things change and evolve as time goes on... The doghouse I'll be using is now bigger than originally planned (thanks to mominlaw). Only by about 6" in each direction but I'll take what I can get. *grin*
Also, the chickens I'd planned on picking up tomorrow... well the guy never emailed me back. Oh well. Saves me half a tank of gas and a deadline the rain wouldn't let me meet anyways. BUT! There's always a but, right? I was over at Tractor Supply, pricing the wire I wanted, and fell in love. A 'baker's dozen' teeny bantam chicks are now calling my basement home. (Well, it's a daylight basement actually so they get plenty of air/light - never fear no dark dank corners for my chickies.)
Of the chicks, 7 are feather-legged, 6 are clean legged. For breeds... take a guess. LOL I started a thread on just that. I think so far we've been able to identify a White Crested Polish (well that was obvious from the minute I saw it), a Faverolles (concensus says Salmon, but I'm still leaning to White), 4 Cochins (a buff, 2 partridge and a red - again, I THINK), 3 that may be either Old English or Dutch (one person suggested Phoenix), and a few question marks. So it's basically wait and see. (Here's the link for the thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=495576 )
Also, since this IS my coop page, I should probably be talking about the coop... Well, it's evolved a bit more than just a bigger house. Instead of having doors on the ends, one end will be solid wire, no door, and simply hinge on the bottom and drop down as a ramp, with hooks on the sides of the hoop to attach to the main structure. One hoop tied in to a wooden base - that way the shape will remain constant, and it'll be easier to get inside if necessary without having to move the whole thing. Oh and one more change, instead of using the conduit straps, I'll just put a screw straight through and into the 2x4. Hubby's idea, but I'm still undecided about it. I think the straps would give it more stability. We'll try it his way and see I guess.
Anyways, tomorrow construction starts for sure (unless the weather man lied again) and I'll have new pics of my progress.
Well, had to run around doing other stuff for most of the day but I did get started! YAY!
We had some joist brackets left over from when the house was built, so I used these to help strengthen the base. Then I added the 1x2s on the inside edge, to hold up the conduit hoops. I had to drill pilot holes, the screws just split the 1x2 otherwise.