Any ideas for shed conversion?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by benkelly, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. benkelly

    benkelly In the Brooder

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  2. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

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    How large is the shed - LxWxH?

    I have my coop in a 12x16 shed, and I have a separate area for the ducks, another for the chickens, two sets of brooders, plus hospital cages and storage for hay, feed, corn and scratch. I have re-built the inside of my shed 2-3 times, as each time I learn what works and what does not, and decide to re-arrange things to make it easier for me and better for the birds.

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  3. jonalisa

    jonalisa Codswallop!

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    Here's our shed conversion:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-hennery

    The things we were glad we added:
    • Poop board under roost
    • Lots of windows for natural light
    • Sand for litter
    • Sweet PDZ for poop board
    • Netting to prevent roosting in the rafters
    • Hooks for tools like putty knife scraper and scoop

    Things we wish we added:
    • Poop board should extend to wall in between studs
    • Walled off entrance area so when you open the door, there's no chance of chickens trying to get out (we use a curtain)
    • Would be convenient to have a people door between coop and run
    • Secure storage area for snacks, paper towels, etc.


    Good luck!
     
  4. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    @jonalisa

    I followed your link to your coop and that is a very nice job you have done there.

    RJ
     
  5. jonalisa

    jonalisa Codswallop!

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    Thanks very much :)
     
  6. SFrati

    SFrati In the Brooder

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    I have almost finished my shed/coop conversion. I kept 3/4 of the shed for myself and gave them the top back side. They have 3x10 feet of interior space for 6 chickens. Next weekend i am working on creating a enclosed run and adding a door and electricity to the coop.
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  7. SFrati

    SFrati In the Brooder

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    The doors were old teak chairs and the nesting boxes was a portion of a TV armiore with the bottom half cut off and dividers added. I added laminate to the flooring and put a roosting bar which was an old closet clothing rod.
     
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  8. benkelly

    benkelly In the Brooder

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  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    You might want to attach a 1 x 4 across the bottom of the nesting boxes so bedding doesn't fall out. What size chickens do you have? Using a closet rod for their roosting bar will be incredibly hard on their feet. Chickens don't "grip" when they roost. It would be best to use a 2 x 4 laying 'flat' so they can sit comfortably and also they can keep their feet/legs warm during winter months.
     

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