Meaty Coop

By crazychickenwom · Mar 13, 2012 · Updated Mar 13, 2012 · ·
  1. crazychickenwom
    I have transformed an old swing set into a coop for my meat chickens. The frame is enclosed by chicken wire, and the whole pen will be within an electric fenced area to keep predators out. The tarp will be placed over the top and the whole side facing the picture. It is almost 8 feet square, and 3 feet high. I have made an opening on the end to allow for easier access to the feeder and waterer that will hang from the top of the coop.


    Not sure how I am going to secure the doors yet, but I did use an old garage door track and re bar to make hooks to hang the feeder and waterer from:

    Any advice or suggestions would be lovely! Thanks for looking!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Aug 6, 2018
    Interesting idea. It looks like the ladders are the sides of the run? Would like to see more/know more about this coop.
  2. MROO
    "Really good idea that needs serious tweaking"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    This seems like a strictly a short term use project. It may work for meaties, but for longer-term residents, you'll need more "meat" in the coop!
    • The design is solid for a protected area with no predators. Surrounding it with an electric fence may not always work, as many predators can get past a standard electric fence.
    • A little extra weather protection would protect the birds from winds and blowing rain. It would also give them a dry place to sit.
    • Using the old swing set seems like a good idea, at first, but exposing food birds to all that pressure-treated lumber could be potentially dangerous to your family. Pressure treated lumber really needs to be sealed.
    • Chicken wire is made for keeping chickens in, not predators out. Hardware cloth would be a better choice.
    • Even meat chickens need some enrichment. A couple of perches and a few boredom busters might keep the chickens from messing with the wooden boards and make for happier, cleaner, healthier birds. And that means a better meal for you and yours!
    On the positive side, this is a great way to reuse an old swingset. It looks sturdy enough to easily move around the field to green grass and it would be pretty inexpensive to build - all pluses for the backyard chicken owner!


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  1. crazychickenwom
    Cackler, I think it would depend on your temps outside. I would say that by the time they are mostly feathered, and / or the temps outside, at night, are comparable to the temps in your brooder. Since there are so many they will be able to keep each other warm up to a point, but be careful with them!
    Thanks for all the great comments! All of the wood is treated, and already been outside for a long time, so I am hoping that with proper storage in the barn when not in use this will hold up for several sets of meats!
  2. cackler
    BTW - I like your coop! That will be nice and airy for them to be comfortable.
  3. cackler
    We have just purchased 15 cornish rocks and this is the first time for us for meat chickens (have layers). What age should I take them out of the brooder? I didn't know for sure at what age they don't need the heat lamp any longer.
  4. justbugged
    It looks good to me. It is a nicer set up than what I have made for my meaties. It's a good things that the pen only has to hold up for 8 weeks or so.

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