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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by benkelly, Aug 3, 2014.
I've got 5 chicks
Visit this thread.. tons of ideas!
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.
Here's our shed conversion:
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.
I followed your link to your coop and that is a very nice job you have done there.
Thanks very much
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.
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.
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.