A shed to coop conversion including sketches, design criteria, list of features and approximate build cost.
By DobieLover · Jul 25, 2019 · ·
  1. DobieLover


    I am quite please to report that Fabio has transformed back into the boy he was before this project began.

    Still not a fan of me, but he will allow me to groom him on occasion, will gently eat from my hand and hasn't really flogged me since. Just once. A rather pathetic scolding of me to remind how he feels about lawn tractors, weed trimmers and the chop saw.

    He knows he is a daddy and I look forward to the day he can meet his chicks. I will post a few pictures of this when the day comes.

    I want to now extend a "Thank You" to @Shadrach for his very well written article. I've read it twice. I've learned a lot. I'll read it more and continue to learn.

    If you are like me and want to learn how to work with and understand your rooster, please give it a read. Give peace a chance!!

    When the chicks began to mingle with the adult flock, Fabio was hands down the kindest to them. Even the young Ameraucana cockerel, Captain.

    My little Ancona, Annie, is snuggled up right next to him in this image.

    Mom, Barb, out with the first three chicks born here with Dad watching over them.
    Another "Thank You" to my friends in the Cafe who tolerated my regular updates and tales of woe with Fabio. You guys are the BEST!
    I hope you enjoyed this article and thanks for getting this far! It was very long in the making but I couldn't be more pleased with how well my setup is running. If you have any questions not answered in this article, please feel free to ask in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.

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    About Author

    Animal lover and Doberman addict, health and fitness enthusiast, former runner now hiker, once equestrian and showed Western, Chemical Engineer by training and occupation, House Flipper at heart, unhappily retired from it :(. I eat a Paleo diet which led me to wanting chickens for fresh, healthy eggs. After acquiring my flock, I quickly realized that they play a huge roll in stress management.
    I love taking neglected houses and renovating them into someone's home! It is the most rewarding work I've ever done and I loved every aspect of it. So, because I can no longer flip houses, I decided to flip a shed into a coop for me and the chickens!

Recent User Reviews

  1. Bigbluefrog
    "Nice job!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 8, 2019
    i love the design!

    Wow that is one whopper of a coop and run!

    Thanks for sharing! You must have great woodworking skills.
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      My woodworking skills are far from great but still enjoy doing the work. Thanks for taking the time to read the article.
  2. MROO
    "Wow! Long ... but WELL Worth the Time to Read"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 8, 2019
    Holy Cow! I'ma gonna start some upgrades, now. Thanks for the inspiration ... and the motivation!
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Yes, but I at least get points for the warning at the beginning of the article...
  3. Major_in_MS
    "Glad I read this before I started building my coop"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 8, 2019
    So many good things to think about in your article and coop. I'll have to give my coop plans a little redesign now to incorporate some of your features.
    DobieLover likes this.
    1. DobieLover
      Thank you so much for the review! I'm really glad this article was able to help you build a better coop.


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  1. WiseSquirrel
    This looks incredible. beautiful work.
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    1. DobieLover
      Thank you.
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  2. N F C
    Wow Dobie, it's all turned out even better than I was gathering from the Cafe updates!
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    1. DobieLover
      Thanks! I think so too! I really enjoy it.
  3. N F C
    :pop Oooh, a serial story!
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    1. DobieLover
      Did you brew another pot of coffee!!?? Woman, you're going to need it!
      Clucker Mama and N F C like this.

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