Anyone convert a wooden swingset into a chicken coop? Need ideas.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BirdBrain, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    I finally convinced my Mom to agree to chickens. Daddy has been wanting them a long time. They have a wooden swingset that my kids and nieces don't use any more. We thought to use the structure as the basis for a chicken coop. We do not want to maintain the A-frame shape, just use it to built on to. The set looks like the one pictured at this site We would like to add uprights at each corner and in between to make it a rectangular building. We plan to scavenge some of the tin from the old barn for the roof. We live in south Texas and it gets very hot and humid here. I think the footprint of the swingset (minus the slide) is about 16 feet long, 7.5 deep, and 8 feet tall. Ideally I would like to have a double decker affair with run space underneath. Momma needs to be able to clean it with out a lot of bending. The birds would be allowed to free range during the day and come back to the coop at night. Do you think it is realistic to think of getting an order of 25 birds in there if they are only going to be there during the night? Any ideas on how I can pull this coop conversion off?
  2. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm not good at any kind of designing, but that looks like a great set up- you won't need to do much work!

    My neighbors have the frame of an old metal a-frame swing set sitting with their piles of lawn trash- I'm very tempted to ask for it to try to make some kind of coop.
  3. Prester John

    Prester John Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 29, 2008
    Prescott, AZ
    Actually, that looks like it would work very well!
  4. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] What a neat sure and show pix if you complete one ? [​IMG]
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Check the coop pics. I know someone made a coop using a wooden swing set, can't remember who though
  6. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    I'm not seeing anything. I must be missing it somewhere. [​IMG]
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    It's in the large coops, it's the red 2 story thing. I think it's called the silkie chatlet, not sure though.
  8. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
  9. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Thanks y'all. Boy is that a nice coup. Our swingset is just the no frills tripod kind with a slide on one end. We are going to have to build a framework around it and then roof it. I would like for momma to be able to walk into it.
  10. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    BirdBrain, build it and take lots of pics along the way so we can create a great byc coop page of it!!!!

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