Are A-Frame/Arks Okay for a Chicago Winter??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicks4erin, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. chicks4erin

    chicks4erin Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Chicago Suburb
    Hi All - I've been wanting chickens for over a year now and quite honestly the only thing holding this up is getting them a proper home. Everyone at home is on board and excited. I'm overwhelmed by the choices as well as actually having to build something. I saw this a-frame/ark on craigslist and thought it looked good/sturdy My concern is will it survive a Chicago winter and will the hens survive in this in a Chicago winter.

    Anyone out there have an a-frame in a severe weather location?


    Some background - last year I was all excited to embark on the garden coop. I ordered the plans and once I read them was completely intimidated. The plan was to build last fall and get the chicks this spring - didn't happen. I would sooooo love this coop though.


    Then last night at 2 a.m. - totally OCD right now with this. I found this cool website that has fence runs in which I would get a 4 x 8 - Coops & Runs.html that look quite good and thought about either adding an Eglu Go or actually building the "City Biddy". The bonus of this would be I could get my chicks quickly --- we are talking about 3 chicks.



    Any thoughts, I so appreciate. What I like about the moveable coop fence and the ark would be that we could move around our yard.

    Thank you all!! Have a great Saturday. Sorry for the long ramble.
  2. OCpeep

    OCpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2012
    Orange County, CA
    It seems like any of those options would work though I'm not familiar with Chicago's climate (besides it being the windy city).
  3. Peep_Chirp_Quack

    Peep_Chirp_Quack New Egg

    Aug 30, 2011
    We live about 80 miles south of downtown Chicago. We looked into lots of plans for our coop and ended up with the A-frame style coop that we move around our yard. Our chickens have been fine in the winter (of course this was a warm winter!) I would think that any of the coops you are interested in would work fine. If the weather were to get too cold, you could always use a heating lamp. We actually used a few bales of straw around the base of our coop to block the wind this winter. Seemed to help.
  4. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    The Garden Coop is a great coop and a great plan. If you really want it I would encourage you to see if there's a local handyman, contractor, out of work framer, etc. who could build it for you. Anyone with tools and a little experience can build that coop. Perhaps contact a company that builds sheds and see if anyone there wants a little extra work.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

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