bought a used coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mrsTpratt, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. mrsTpratt

    mrsTpratt Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2012
    Southern Oregon
    i found an ad on craigslist for a coop and an adult chicken, i went ahead and bought it after i looked threw the feathers on the chicken and checked everything out really well. the lady i bought it from said she use to have 13 chickens in it, but i'm thinking it's too small for that. i currently have 10 babies that are at least a month out from being in the coop and i'm thinking i'll need to add to it for everyone to fit and be happy, but i got it for a steal ($60, including organic feed, a water dish, and feeder) so i just couldn't pass it up, plus all her sisters were eaten by raccoons and after meeting her i was attached and didn't want her to face the same fate. i don't think the owner wanted to deal with it because it was only a small fix to make it raccoon safe. in the next few days i'll be replacing the cheap chicken wire on the bottom with stronger stuff.

    also, i already have a run we are going to add to it as well to give more of a yard.


    if anyone have an tips or suggests please let me know, i'm really new to all this. thanks!
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012
  2. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    Sounds like a plan. Add the heavier mesh to the bottm to "crittet proof" it. Add as large a run as you can. Can't tell how big it is but 4 sq feet per bird is recommended in the coop. If they aren't confined to it for periods in bad weather you can get away with 2 sq ft per bird. 10 sq ft per bird is a good rule in the run. Of course more is better.

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