Play Structure to Chicken Coop Conversion

By Sfcjef · Oct 24, 2019 · ·
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  1. Sfcjef
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    The former homeowners left this jungle gym since their kids no longer use it. My wife and I decided we needed to sell it to make room for a pergola or a gazebo as this sits right behind the pool and we thought it would be a good place for a lounge area.
    INSPIRATION struck when my wife said what if we turned it into a chicken coop? I was skeptical but the more I thought about it the more I was intrigued and decided to take the challenge! We thought this would be an excellent project to do together.


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    This is how it started. We removed the swing brace and then the slide and then we were able to move it to the new location in the yard.

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    We put linoleum down for easy cleaning.

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    While closing in the sides we decided to make it a two-story coop! We closed in the sides and added cleanout doors.

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    We put the first cross-brace up for the run...

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    We realized we better do the chicken doors first! The bottom door opens with a rope pull and the top door has a bar slide.

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    We started the 10x20 run out of 4x4 frames made with 2x4's to keep it square. Then we added a second row and covered it with chicken wire.

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    Installed a screen door for easy access.

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    While trying to figure out how to keep the door closed without using and ugly hook and eye, ingenuity hit. Found an old window latch in a junk parts bag...theres a reason we men keep stuff forever ladies!!!

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    We installed barndoor X's and trim to hide the hardiboard edges. Our old-man-dog Hank gives it two paws up!

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    My wife did all the amazing painting!

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    We put some roosts in for the hens to sleep on...

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    ...and a chick jungle gym for the little ones to practice roosting like big girls!!!

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    Thank you for looking at our coop. Hopefully we will have more to show later on!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. DiYMama540
    "Great job!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Nov 3, 2019
    I understand the complications that come with a conversion build. Looks like you guys did a wonderful job. Like the big clean out doors!
  2. MROO
    "Nice Playhouse Conversion ... Total Makeover!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Oct 27, 2019
    This looks great! The only real concern I see is the "crack" at roost level, which could cause a nasty draft in a bad spot if your winters are cold. How did you handle predator proofing for this? Chicken wire really only keeps chickens in, not predators out ... unless those two, big four-legged beauties are LGC ... Livestock Guardian Calves!
    Very nice conversion!
    1. Sfcjef
      The two calves and the three Labradors do a pretty good job of keeping the girls safe!!!
  3. N F C
    "Converted Playhouse"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Oct 25, 2019
    It's always good to be able to repurpose existing materials, that really helps keep the cost down. One thing, I would recommend using hardware cloth for the run and openings (in place of or over the chicken wire). It costs more but is worth it to protect your flock.

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  1. Papa John59
    TBH, I'm waiting for my youngest daughter to outgrow her tower/swing set. Second coop in the planning! Love how you framed out your run.

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