The Motorcycle Crate Coop

By ishism · Jun 30, 2012 · ·
  1. ishism

    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?

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Recent User Reviews

  1. CCUK
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 12, 2018
    Good idea reusing the crate. A little things on details of build though.
  2. FlappyFeathers
    "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.
  3. 21hens-incharge
    "Great idea."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    Crates can be great finds. I wish we could see the inside though. More details would be appreciated.


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  1. judyki2004
    I bet that adding a window will help them wanting to get inside too!
  2. ishism
    MontanaMomma , the ventilation at the top under the roof is okay for Oregon weather. It seems to be cool and rain here most of the year. I may add a window (covered with wire) at some point to make it look nicer : )
  3. MontanaMomma
    Nice! To get them to roost in there at night you'll need to keep them inside it for a couple days/nights. Make sure they don't cook-your coop should have good ventilation. Good luck!
  4. sheherazae
    I love it--throw some meal worms up the ramp--they should go after those!
  5. SirFarmAlot
  6. ishism
    Not a Five Star coop, but fits within my budget and limited carpentry skills : )

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