My Coop: Green House Turned Chicken House

By ldrchickens · Dec 27, 2018 · ·
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  1. ldrchickens
    I had this old fiber glass greenhouse that i decided to turn into my chicken house instead of buying or building one (I mean free is always better right?). It has a screen door on the front and a window on the back to provide great ventilation, especially in the summer (I live in Oklahoma so on days it is 109*F outside it is probably double that inside), but i do plan on adding a greenhouse fan to suck out hot air to provide additional cooling. It is still a work in progress to perfect and complete, but here is what i have done so far:

    1. All screen was replaced with wire to keep the predators out and the chickens in, since I literally watch a small bird fly through it with out any struggle due to being so old and dry rotted.

    2. I very generously sprinkled the floor with diatomaceous earth due to a fire ant infestation, which after a few applications they disappeared and have not been back since.

    3. Removed shelving leaving only the support bars and placing in a nest box made out of an old bed wooden bed framed. I have since divided the house into two parts due to my three roosters were overly harassing the hens who are not quit ready to breed as are the rooster. I have provided proper nesting and roosting in both parts of the house as well as a small door for the roosters to be able to enter/exit to the run as needed.

    4. Fenced in a run to keep them all contained, yet separated, by using cheap electric fence post's and chicken wire, apprx. 4 - 5 ft tall. But i do plan on to construct a completely enclosed run (sides and top) using chicken wire and 2x4's since i have started noticing hawks circling above. I also placed a metal frame pergola in front of the run to use both as solid structure to attache the fencing too as well as a shady spot for sunny weather and a dry spot for rainy weather.

    5. Before adding the chickens i water sealed everything that was wood to help it last longer. I have also found that it makes it easier to clean any poop off.

    Here are pictures as of 01/02/2019. Sorry for the bad picture quality. I have a cheep temporary phone I am using since I left my good one in the rain, you guessed it, chilling with my chickens haha.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Green House Turned Coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 28, 2019
    A good example of reusing materials to make a coop!
    ldrchickens likes this.
  2. MROO
    "Great Repurposed Coop - Can't wait for pics!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Dec 31, 2018
    What a great idea! I definitely think the fan is a good plan, if only to avoid having "instant roast chicken" this summer. When you build your run, be sure to use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire, though. Chicken wire only keeps chickens in. It does NOT keep predators out!
    I really like the idea of a converted greenhouse. Please post pics when you can. I can't wait to see them!
    1. ldrchickens
      pictures are posted.

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  1. Better Than Rubies
    Nice big coop you've made! And you have a very beautiful flock...I love how the breeds vary greatly. :D
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    1. ldrchickens
      Thank you! That was definitely my goal. Low diversity flocks bore me lol. Plus the babies all these mix match guys and girls have made is crazy. I got my new phone today with a good camera so a photo shoot is in the near future
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    2. Better Than Rubies
      I know what you mean. I got a few straight run more 'exotic' chicks at the beginning of this month, and I believe the BLRW and Naked Neck are boys, so that'd be cool if I got some babies from my current hens when the boys are old enough to breed. :D
      And, I would love to see them! Looking forward to that photo shoot.
  2. Grits&Eggs
    Reuse and Recycle - great idea - good project
    Mine ate the red ants in their run, lol....nice!
  3. N F C
    Looking forward to seeing your pictures

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