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By mpf · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jan 14, 2017 · ·
  1. mpf
    It was from a "step5" home... The green surfaces are exterior plywood, in 1/2 and 3/8 thickness.
    The simple non-movable pieces= 3/8.
    The 2 nest door areas are 1/2, you will want that for the hinge/screws and weight-bearing ability.
    Caulked before the screws were driven, the plastic surfaces are not perfectly flat...the wood is
    rigid enough to pull the plastic 'into line', but not 100%. Use caulk if you do this.
    Especially the Main is a freeform surface, the wood is cut to rest on the radius of the plastic.
    Only way to seal it, as it is FAR from flat on the exterior face...I caulked from the Inside as well.
    It worked.
    The locking method, use machine screw eyebolts that perforate the entire window/door
    (red), and I used a "nylock" nut so it does not swivel..but you could double-nut it
    for the same idea. Just don't use a wood screw style, plastic is thin, no real 'meat'
    for them to hold against the raccoons.
    There are 2 nests...the beauty of this home is that they already have an alcove, a projection
    if you will...inside there is a plywood floor in the nest which will require shims to steady it.
    wood screws attach it to the plastic. No movement, there are 7 birds inside.
    The egg door..1/2 wood -w- a crude framing of furring strip lumber to stiffen it.
    I used a piece of tarp to make a 'roof' over the nest, thinking it's soft, variable
    surface, as compared to a plywood roof...would stop them from getting on top
    of it..did not work, they do roost on the tarp, the highest point inside. I have not
    had any egglaying yet..straw inside the nest was pushed out, maybe the Roo did it?
    The bottom is a platform, app. 5x7. The coop is fastened with aluminum straps
    in case of winds...It has been subjected to a few really bad storms this summer,
    no movement. Step5 home is pretty heavy, I think it is 220 lbs. by itself.
    A rectangle is, naturally, cut into the 3/4 thick floor, with a ramp.
    BTW, the image of the baby chick is from the feedbag, it is printed fiberglass...glued to a piece of plywood,
    it covers up a large "step5" emblem. From a distance, it looks like a window with a chick looking out!

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    Good job re-using this and explaining the screws need to attach the wood to the plastic. That seems like a lot of birds for the space.
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    I love seeing how people repurpose these playhouses into chicken coops. Thanks for mentioning how and which screws to use to secure wood to plastic since this can be an issue during “builds”.


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  1. SportTees
    Excellent job repurposing! I have a playhouse identical to this one, and I think this will be my next project.
  2. Whittni
    Good job!
  3. faberfam
  4. sophiesmith
    Love this coop!
  5. H6Tjadeb
    WOW Thats pretty awsome. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much for the idea
  6. SandyNest
    Fasten a piece of wood about 3 inches high on the front & bottom of the nesting box and the hens will have a harder time kicking out the straw when they are forming their nest. I had a 1" strip on the front of my nesting boxes and the hens still kept kicking out all the nesting material. I found I needed about 3" to keep them from emptying the nests all the time. Great idea with your house!
  7. LoveChickens123
    so sweet when i was small i remember playing in one now i am sad it is gone cause i could have used it . but who knew i was going to have chickens????? but it is so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!! love it so creative
  8. TroyD
    I used your idea and it came out great. I would warn people its a little hard to clean. Also if you have large breed chickens I would go 2 1/2 feet on the bottom part of the coop. I make it 2 feet high and the chickens don't have a lot of head room. But it was cheep and very easy.
  9. allygb99
    OMGS, y didnt i keep my ond play thingy,!! sweet idea!
  10. rachlore
    Amazing idea, that is really smart! I wonder what the chickens would say if they knew where they were living......
  11. Debbie58
    I have many questions for you. This is a great idea!!! I want to use it for my birds. Can you contact me? Debbie58
  12. Rustys friend
    This is a neat idea! I think I'm going to have to copy this one! Thank you!
  13. angelavl
    great way to re-use old stuff! A few years back, we sold one of these to a neighbor for abt $35!
  14. GreyhoundGrrrl
    I am finding used kids playhouses on Craigslist left and right! This will be much more affordable and save a lot of time! Great idea, I am no longer completely overwhelmed bu the idea of having to build a chicken coop from scratch :)
  15. Rnurse79
    lol...guess what's gonna happen to MY kid's old step 5 house? Thanks for the idea!
  16. treehugger777
    wow thats an awesome idea
  17. Farmin Momma
    OOOHHHH I want one, this is great!
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