Wife and I found this great deal on a motorcycle shipping crate on craigslist. A 4x8 solid wood crate for only $75!
The finished coop has a 4x4 large door on the front which swings open for easy cleaning.
Getting the chickens in the finished coop is harder than we expected. I tried to put seed on the ground so they could follow the trail inside. Any other suggestions on getting the chickens to willingly use the coop?
Recent User Reviews
"Clever, Needs More Light and Ventilation"
- 2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
The crate was a great foundation, but I think more modifications are needed. If a coop is too dark inside, the chickens will need to get themselves inside for the night pretty early, because if they wait too long they won't be able to see inside and they could get stuck outside for the night.
Also, without enough ventilation especially on hot days, the coop will become so stuffy they won't want to go inside to lay eggs in the nest box and may end up laying elsewhere. Too little ventilation also creates moisture buildup from chickens breathing and body heat, possibly causing respiratory problems.