backyard coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by calebc311, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. calebc311

    calebc311 Out Of The Brooder

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    best online coop for 3-5 chickens? Price and quality are important
     
  2. littlequail21

    littlequail21 Out Of The Brooder

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    when it comes to Price and quality for online coops it almost never matches up, you can get a pretty nice looking look for under $200-shipped on Ebay, however will it last? probably not, but i dont know for sure, i just cant really think that a coop that "cheap" is going to last, Check ebay, they have some really nice looking ones. your best bet might be trying to find a local builder.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have yet to see a prefab coop anywhere that didn't have serious design problems, either from a predator security standpoint, grossly inadequate ventilation, or designed in such a way that it cleaning will be difficult or impossible.

    My advice would be to build one yourself. And you don't even have to be handy with power tools...other than a drill/screwdriver.

    Here's a DIY coop that you can buy plans for, if you need something to go by:

    http://www.thegardencoop.com/

    although I will say this design has a couple of problems itself. An open wire roof will allow rats/mice to scurry around on the top and let their nasty droppings fall right into the coop, run, and you do need a wire apron around the whole coop/run to stop predators from digging their way inside.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Those don't have open wire roofs? the whole thing is covered in clear plastic roofing material.

    Anyways, OP for what size of chickens and can you build? i like the minimalist coop from chicken coops for dummies, it's a decent coop and simple enough to build .

    I have one but i use it for my calls lol

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    after that tons of great ideas on the site, most of our other coops were built with no plans.. or i have made in coops in existing buildings, is that an option for you??
     
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