anyone have a small coop that holds 3 birds/pics wanted!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pefferlawchicken, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    ontario, canada
    hey guys , want to build a small coop that holds 3 brids and want to see some design ideas, and how i can make it war for the winter because i live in ontario canada [​IMG]
  2. mommy2pnutty

    mommy2pnutty In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2008
  3. columbusguys

    columbusguys In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2009
    I saw this coop while in the Netherlands. I've been using it as a guide for mine. I really like it. [​IMG]
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I would recommend reconsidering the "small coop" thing if at all possible, and going for something larger and walk-in size. Reason being, it is real hard to winterize a small reach-in coop for these sorts of temperatures... you pretty much end up having to sacrifice air quality or draftiness or temperature or several of the above. A larger volume of air -- even just a 4x6 walk-in coop -- is FAR more stable and easier to ventilate. You can have a smaller roost compartment inside of the larger coop to concentrate the birds' body heat.

    If you are really set on a small reach-in 3-bird-size coop, I would suggest making the run roofed and partially-wrappable in heavy duty plastic, so there will be a less windy area to ventilate from.

    But a larger, and larger-air-volume, coop will really be much easier to manage.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Hello, we have a 4x8 sheet of plywood as the floor with cement blocks to keep critters from digging under it, also to keep hens from laying under it.

    Then the walls are about 6' in the front, 5' in the back. It was built in a existing shed, tar paper on the back side to help stop breeze. I use the deep litter method, it has an "in law" appt if someone is ill or needs time out, and this holds 5 hens in a Maine winter.
    I do not insulate, yet I do use cardboard on the ceiling to help insulate from the cold that likes to drop down.
    The outside wall you see is made of wire with heavy clear plastic over it so the girls have a tad bit more room on sunny days- or inclement too.
    This winter I allowed the girls free access to outside except on bitter cold days, and they were very healthy and they do have CRD that needs air that is drier then a wet environment with heated water and manure.
    Then we have a hutch that holds 4 bantam Cochin's. The Living quarter is styrofoam insulated double walls.
    The "run" has hardware cloth but we put heavy clear plastic over it and it was plenty warm for them, I did use a heated water bowl.

    I am pretty impressed by the coops that members have on here. I'm proud of ours, but that is sentimental cause DH made 'em!
  6. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Check my page. It's 4x3.
  7. denimangle

    denimangle In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Butler Texas
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  8. Ours is the the well known Playhouse Coop :


    We have three heavy beeds girls in it.

  9. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have a playhouse coop also. Almost exactly like the previous poster.

    This is a picture from last summer.


    I winterized it because of all the snow we had. I enclosed the covered run with greenhouse twin wall polycarbonate, and added a second small run along the back . They now have additional run space for summer weather. I had planned to make the polycarbonate into storm windows that could be removed but it only gets hot here 1 month a year.

    As the saying goes..."If summer falls on a Saturday we have a picnic."

    The birds spend a lot of time in the greenhouse part, which I heat with lights. You would have to realy heat it in your neck of the woods. I also insulated the sleeping part, added a dropped ceiling in there to reduce the amount of space they had to heat with body heat, put in a hundred watt light bulb, and slapped two layers of bubblewrap over the outside of the window and taped it down with duct tape. I suggest you also make the sleeping quarters fully insulated. (don't forget to insulate the raised floor).

    Realy I do agree with Pat that a bigger building would be better, or let them have a small section of another building like the garage.

    I keep saying I will get out there and take pictures as a greenhouse coop goes mine is pretty neat. If I can get to it I will update my post.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  10. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Ours is a playhouse style coop as well, and we have three chicken (my page has pictures). We have storage under the henhouse, which is handy.

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