55 gallon drum coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Freckle Face Farm, Jan 30, 2011.

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  1. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    I was wondering if any of you have tried this..
    And if so what would you change or keep..
    And please feel free to post some pics. I would love to get some ideas. [​IMG]
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  2. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    The link didn't work for me!
  3. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    Quote:Just put the pic up [​IMG]
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Those are really nice, large nest boxes. But full time containment of the chickens like that? They don't get out into a run, to scratch, or dust bathe, or hunt for bugs or flap their wings and run around all silly?

    They can't march around in small groups of BFFs to investigate the run together?

    Interesting. But not my cup of tea. Thank you for posting that photo, it gives me something to noodle over and perhaps adjust rather a great deal for an "infirmary" set up, or maybe even for broody hens, but not for full time coopage. It is certainly something interesting.
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  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Used a lot of those barrels for feed, but never for a chicken. How do you clean them? Do they have individual doors?
    Might work for a hopital cage type set up or maybe a broody, but not anything I think would work for me.
    Interesting though. [​IMG]
  6. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    These are not mine I was wanting to see pics of them for ideas... And I think theres plenty or room for a oegb [​IMG]
  7. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    At the COST of those barrels around HERE, it's just not an economical alternative. And I do think it has "limited possibilities".
    Those barrels sell for $15 to $20 each around here. That would buy a fair amount of lumber....especially "scrap lumber".

    just my 2 pesos worth,

  8. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    Oh! This is a great idea for me if I need to introduce a new chicken to the flock....or if a hen needs "isolation" for brooding. They maintain constant contact with their flock without being pestered!

    Hmmmmm....there is potential with this. I don't think I would keep chickens this way as a rule...but it certainly may have some good uses!
  9. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    Quote:Wow we have a place that sells them for 5.00 each 15.00 to 20.00 stinks. I thought for semas and oegbs this would be perfect..

  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    As nestboxes, they would be nice big almost community-box size things, although if I had the spare 55-gal drums I would use them for other things since nestboxes are so easy to scrounge/make.

    However that looks like a battery-hen setup. Sixty-five thumbs down from me, although of course there is no law against other people having their own standards of appropriate animal care.

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