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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lisaanne, May 11, 2007.

  1. lisaanne

    lisaanne New Egg

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    Hello everyone,
    I am new to this forum and chickens! I have wanted to get a few chickens for several years now and have finally decided to get started. I saw the free A-frame coop plans advertised on this forum and downloaded the instructions. Has anyone else looked at these plans and what do you experienced people think of the coop? The instructions seemed to be easy to follow and modify according to your own needs. I also liked the fact that this coop could be moved to new ground when you needed to. Any advice? Thanks!
     
  2. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an A-frame that we built ourselves just from looking at the pics! Here's ours....
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3724

    I love it!! I didn't really want to designate a permanent place for coop and run and this type tractor is easy to move. So easy in fact that with ours, we move it every few days and therefore the yard recovers very quickly as it has only the look of being trample and pooped on (of course!) My chickens are so used to it that when I come home each evening we open it up and let them free range for a little while but they don't go far at all and therefore are easy to get to go back in! Plus...I just think it looks kewl!! So different from your usual coop!!

    There are of course advantages and disadvantages to coops and tractors but I really like the tractor!
     
  3. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's actually the coop we're hoping to start this weekend. We'll be modifying it a bit. It seems perfect for what we need and pretty simple to modify or even expand on in the future. The beauty of A-frames is less material for the same square footage. I was a bit apprehensive at first, wanting the traditional shape, but we did a little mock up this past weekend with scrap wood and it worked out well.

    I'm also curious if anyone has built this coop before and how they found it.

    Also wanted to add that although it's the traditional shape of the portable tractor, I think you'd have a hard time moving it. With the modifications we are making, it will definitely be a permanent structure.
     
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