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Building A Chicken Coop With Lego

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Loddie Da, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Loddie Da

    Loddie Da Songster

    Jan 14, 2007
    Troy, New York
    I am watching BBC America as we speak & they have a show about building a house out of Lego bricks, Which has me thinking...
    Has anyone ever built a Lego coop before?

    I am sure it can be done...maybe if I use Duplo's instead...
    I'm sure I can make a coop & If I place it in a enclosed run...Hmmmm


    Have any thoughts,
    ...or engineering tips?

  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    That's a whole lot of Legos!! I'm sure that within a year the sun or the cold will do in the plastic and make it crack all over the place.

    Would be cool to see however, lol
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I happen to have that exact little coop set sitting right here on my work surface in my cubicle.

    I don't know if Legos glued together would be any more stable or ..... reasonable .... than a Little Tikes playhouse, athough I suppose there would be more places for the plastic to expand and contract and then go out of place, than the continuous panels of the plastic playhouses. But it would take about eleventy-seven billion Legos!
  4. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    I think about a gazillion places for mites to hide...but that's because I'm always thinking prevention...[​IMG]
  5. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Vancouver Island, B.C.,
    I think it would only work if you build your chickens out of lego too, but then they would probably lay plastic eggs filled with Silly Putty. LOL
  6. Loddie Da

    Loddie Da Songster

    Jan 14, 2007
    Troy, New York
    The guy in the show had a 2 story house, that was made out of 3 million Legos & then they had to order 250,000 more.

    As far as mites go, I'v always just treated the bedding, runs & birds...& didn't have mites the last 3 years I had birds... Quarantining new animals, sevin dust bi-weekly, DE weekly & Phenothrin spray every 3 months.

    I think I need to price this out...lol
  7. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    I found a small cache of LEGOs my son had left in the yard when he was 6... 14 years ago! They'd been abandoned one evening after he'd played with them outside near the house. The next day we had rain and he forgot about them, they got buried with leaves and since they were partway under the porch, nobody saw them until my chickens scratched them up!
    After 14 years of exposure to all the seasons and elements, they were still brilliantly colored and almost like new. Don't know how they formulate LEGO bricks, but they're almost indestructible.

  8. jesscawcaw

    jesscawcaw In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    I had this exact idea last night because my ducks are constantly wet. I thought little tykes playhouse as well.

    but here's my idea:
    I would build the entire thing first sourcing everything from eBay. I thought for better insulating to fill the wall bricks with chaulking. I would then glue and vice grip the whole thing together. With egg boxes I would repurpose the duplo tubs. For a hinged roof you can combine Lego with Lego duplo. Hinges are ready made it you had enough it would probably support the weight. The roof I would abandon Lego and get corrugated plastic
    Sheeting. How I would attach that is another matter.
    The base would be plywood with laminate tiles. And legs for continuity would be Lego hollow square columns filled with cement. For weight so it doesn't tip over with some of the winds we get here.

    Any thoughts on those plans?
  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    It's a great idea. Would be one cool looking coop. I'd use Lego Mega Blocks, they're about 2 inch wide by 2 inch tall. I wonder if you can order only the four and two peg long pieces to make it structurally sound(er) than having to incorporate the one and three pegs (you'd need these only for corners. I imagine you'd drill through to make connections, secure weld wire or hinges with through bolts and washers.

    If it was set up in shaded area it would last a long time. That type of plastic is not designed to endure sunlight.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2013
  10. jesscawcaw

    jesscawcaw In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    its england, theres no such thing as sunshine! i thought maybe shellac over the outside would work. or some kind of coating... or i can just rub sunscreen on it every morning! lol

    megabloks arent lego though and they are very thin, i thought them at first but they are like the cheap preschool knockoff.

    i was planning on just being very patient, unheard of for me, and getting everything at cut throat prices on ebay.

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