Scrap Coop

By bobhoke · Nov 10, 2016 · Updated Dec 27, 2016 · ·
  1. bobhoke

    This was a lean too a year ago. Nothing was square or planned on it - ugly but manageable. I took what it offered and closed it in with raw lumber, added a front door and a horizontal rectangular floor door in the rear to let the birds out daily in the fenced summer run. We also added a winter run to the right with a polycarbonate roof which I hope generates heat in the winter and allows the bird to scratch around in the dirt here in northern Michigan. Last winter they just sat in the coop all winter and got frost bit - not good. Only one bird (EE) went out in the snow (cowards). As you can see, its just thrown together from a bunch of scraps. It has a plywood floor with a heavy duty tarp over it. There is also nesting boxes inside. We just winterized it also. We'll likely decorate the front next year and we still have a days work left. We'll add horizontal vent screen to the front and rear for airflow. I'll post more later and read what I post first - oops.

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  1. bobhoke
    Well thats the finished product. I don't let my chickens out at all. I will let them out later to see if they'll go. They do go to an enclosed winter run we built. It has a dirt floor and that ground has not frozen yet. I think they'll prefer that to going outside, but we'll see. Anyhow its done for now. I'm sure I'll add on next year.
  2. sheetmetaltom
    mines even rougher looking then that, but it serves the purpose. my chickens go out in the covered run in the winter and as long as the snow isnt to deep they roam around outside of it. though i always dig some paths for them or if its really deep i take the snow blower back and make paths. they would get bored and probably cause problems with each other if locked up for to long. havent had anyone get frostbite and my first 2 winters were really cold. i dont use any heat, i just let them adapt to the weather, and i havent had any issues so far.
  3. penny1960
    I think for starting with a lean to you have done a great job for your birds saftey and pleasure
  4. twigcrafter
    I love the rustic look.
  5. Brookliner
    Pictures please

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