Small Coop Made From Refrigeration Panels

By mbennett35 · Oct 15, 2012 · ·
  1. mbennett35

    I ran across used refrigeration panels and thought that they would be a good thing to make a chicken coop out of for my newly acquired polish chicken. You can see the 2 pvc pipes that I made for her food.

    I try to let her out during the day but the squirrels are getting inside and stealing all of her food...

    Does anyone have any thoughts about this?


    It was easy to build but there was quite a bit of trim work that I had to do with galvanized trim.

    I wanted to have the coop open in the front so I made a panel that covers the front opening and I will put it on when It starts getting colder out.

    You can see the PVC that I cut into the side of the cooler so that I can easily drop a nipple waterer in the side. I cant get my chicken to drink from the chicken nipple however...


    Here you can see the lighting controller that I thought I would install and also the thermostat. I am in Colorado and thought it would be a good idea to add heat or at least have it available if she needs it. The trim that you see to the right of the thermostat, covers the heat traces that go all the way around the inside of the coop, So she has in wall radiant heat. They use them around freezer doors so that the doors do not freeze.

    Just as a test, I was really surprised to see how this thing heats up....
    In the middle of the day yesterday 68F, as I was checking it, it got to 90 deg inside the coop...

    I am not sure I want to add heat during the winter or suppliment with light but it is available if I need it. I currently have the thermostat set to 40deg and the lights go on at 6am and off at 7pm...

    Is this a good plan? Your help is greatly appreciated

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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "Refrigeration Panel Coop"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Sep 1, 2018
    I'm all for repurposing materials but using refrigeration panels doesn't seem to translate into a good coop. As the member found, this gets very warm. And since squirrels can get in, safety from predators apparently is an issue.
  2. Nardo
    "metal coop"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jul 6, 2018
    Good pics but, as you discovered, this will be way too hot in the summer.


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  1. N F C
    Too warm and not enough ventilation (especially if a panel is used to cover the front opening).
  2. donhenry
    Should be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A special coop.
  3. JohnPeel
    You know what, I like it. With what you have available, you have done a good job. It's a cute little thing too. You could get another chicken to keep her company too, there is room for another.
  4. Tropical Chick
    My chickens figured out the nipple waterers within 20 minutes. Take away the other water sources and help them figure it out by hitting the stick that makes the water come out. They will figure it out. If they don't within an hour, then you might have to use another water source and give up the nipple water idea.
  5. Brookliner
    x2 onthe ventilation. I could see using metal as siding on a wooden coop. But you will bake your bird in the summer. Also chickens are flock birds... see if you can find a companion or 2 for her. I live in New Hampshire and it gets pretty cold here some winters. I don't like the heat and always feel that you can get warmer but it is hard to get cooler in the summer. Birds stay warm by roosting next to each other and fluffing their feathers. I have geese that won't go inside in the winter they just tuck their feet up and put their heads under their wings and are warm as toast.
  6. Stumpy
    Truthfully, I think it's a bad plan because it will be like an oven for your chickens. They need protection from heat and lots of ventilation. Imagine how hot it will be inside when it is 80 or 90 outside. If it is insecure enough for squirrels to get inside, then predators can get inside. You obviously have construction skills. Perhaps you could read in the coop section about ventilation and predator-proofing.

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