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Our Hoop Coops

By yinepu, Apr 9, 2012 | Updated: Mar 12, 2013 | | |
  1. yinepu
    Please note: I don't always get notified when there is a comment to the articles that I have posted.. so if you have a question and I don't get back to you here... just drop me a PM
    * ~ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ~ *

    I'll fill in all the details in a bit.. basically we used a 2 X 4 X 10 for each of the ends and two 2 X 4 X 8's with mending plates for each of the sides.. making the final coop size 8' 8" X 16'
    we use a total of 5 cattle panels (4 for the length and one cut for the end and door)
    the plywood was scrap 1/2" that we had laying around

    My husband used a rotary cutter to cut the cow panels and also welded them together for added strength
    later today we'll finish this one adding a door, poultry netting, a tarp and next week (when I get back to town) we'll get the hardware cloth for the bottom 2' around the coop

    since this one is for our emu chicks we won't be adding a roost at this time.. in our other hoop coops we do have roosts that we made from thick tree branches

    * ~ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ~ *

    laying out the cow panels onto the bottom frame

    all 4 cow panels in the frame

    using metal strapping to secure the cattle panels


    with end supports in place

    securing the back (it's also nailed into the supports)

    adding the front cattle panel (cutting with the rotary cutter)


    welding the cattle panels together for added strength

    He also welded the top arch of the cattle panels together (I didn't take a picture of that..)

    Almost done!.. Just needs a door, poultry netting, hardware cloth and a tarp

    my husband hanging most of his 170 pounds from the cattle panels (his knees aren't touching the ground).. yup.. they are tough

    with the door in place

    adding the cattle panel to the door

    tacking down the poultry netting.. we secure it more once the hardware cloth is in place over it.. this is just to hold the poultry netting in place while we get it all put on

    I use J clips to tie the poultry netting together

    and I use Hog Rings to help tack the poultry netting and hardware cloth to the cow panels (the hardware cloth is also attached to the wooden frame)

    here's the coop with one tarp on (I have the "flaps up" since it's nice and breezy out).. it can be secured more with hog rings, zip ties or baling wire. I'll add another tarp to the front in a few days.. but the emu chicks are enjoying it "as is"

    the Hoop Coop makes a nice safe play and sleeping area for the emu chicks when I'm not letting them free range.. later on I'll use it as a grow out pen for turkey poults or meat chickens.. I can always add a roost later on if I want one as well as the plastic pipe feeders.

    Here's some of the "kids".. the others didn't make it into the picture!

    I may add more info later on.. like exact measurements and such if anyone is really interested

    * ~ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ~ *

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  1. KKs Kandies
    very cool...thanks for sharing
  2. yinepu
    I'm glad it helped.
  3. BJonTHEborder
    Awesome coop & thanks so much for the wonderful pix o step by step detail. I need that! I have some cattle panells that have broken horazntal bars that would work great for this too. I'm all about "upcycling" other's trash for my treasures!
  4. LightningTFarm
    Another question: can you please give the measurements for the wood pieces at the ends?
  5. LightningTFarm
    My big problem here in East Texas has been snakes, but I guess covering the whole thing with hardware cloth would take care of that. About how much does it cost to make one of these? I have a nice coop for my ducks but I am thinking of raising some chickens for meat and didn't want to invest a huge amount of money in another coop/run. We don't have a dog who will guard birds, but we have a couple who would love to eat them!
  6. chickenlisa
    awesome coop! Is that you who had a pic of it somewhere else with pipe wraps on the bottom so it could be moved around easier with a tractor? or was that someone else? I saw one with about 8 cattle panels, so it was bigger....but what a great idea!
  7. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3
    Nice job. Cute chicks. :)
  8. yinepu
    Froglevelcroft.. you'll love them!
  9. yinepu
    the nite guard lights are solar powered red flashing lights .. i find they they made a major difference with predators way out here in "cow country".. but I wouldn't recommend them for someone who has city predators to deal with (since ours aren't used to flashing lights and city preds are),, our livestock guardian dog is a cross between Anatolian and Great Pyrenees.. (she looks like a Great Pyrenees though). She's a massive dog who lives to guard any critter we give her.. chickens, emus, ducks, mini horses, turkeys, cats, goats, rabbits.. even the big horses were "her babies".. She won't allow predators anywhere near them (chasing off or killing the predator) and she also guards them from strangers.
  10. Davaroo
    Nice info, yinepu. What are these "guard lights?"
    And what is a livestock guard dog - all I have are mutts.

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