Secondhand Coop

By CourtneyMB · Apr 2, 2013 · Updated Apr 2, 2013 · ·
  1. CourtneyMB
    Courtney's Secondhand Coop

    • We were broke when we first moved to the mountains. :) We found this old 3' x 3' doghouse in the barn and thought, what the heck! It'll do for now.
    • We first cut out a piece for the door, hinged it, and made a homemade "wood lock."
    • We cut out 4 right triangles, 2 on each A-frame side, and screened them for ventilation in the coop. (These pictures currently show them closed over with styrofoam for the winter. When I take them off in a week or two I'll take more pictures.)

    • I found a large tree limb that I stripped of it's bark, cut it to size, and screwed it in to the inside of the coop for a perch.​

    • We put the coop on cinder blocks, shoved rocks underneath and around, and made the run.
    • The run is made out of 2 x 4s, the size is around 5' x 8'.

    • The top of the run is enclosed by hawk netting, on top of that we have sloped rafters and barn roofing from Lowes. (About $45 for this size.)​

    • The automatic feeder is just a large PVC pipe with a cut 90 degree curve, and a lid at the top. It lasts about 3-4 days for my 3 girls.​
    • I rake out the old straw from the run and coop and replace it with new every 1-2 weeks.​
    • In the above picture you can see the coop door, which I close and open (every night and morning), to prevent anything from breaking in at night.​


    • The pull string runs through an eyelet, through the run roof, through another eyelet, and then clipped onto yet another eyelet. When I unclip the clip the door falls and I lock it with another homemade wood lock.​

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    • It's simple, but my babies seem to like it so far! During daylight hours they free-range across our property anyways, so run space wasn't really necessary for us.​


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  1. N F C
    Nice to have an old dog house to re-use!
  2. Roxannemc
    Pretty eggs....
    Id love to see pics of your wood locks
    I really hate to spend money on the hinges and latches more than any of it.
    I have used cut up milk cartons for hinges washers under the screws and seems to really work well
    Doesnt break and is flexible yet strong but a good lock would be great.
  3. joan1708
    I like your coop!
  4. topdycke
    You have done a great job! Perfect for your flock!
  5. birdbrain1948
    Secondhand Coop is First-Rate in charm and character! Kudos to you for re-purposing so much of what was used.
  6. Stumpy
    Lovely set-up there!

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