Bulkhead for a chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Carlos142, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Carlos142

    Carlos142 Hatching

    Feb 16, 2011
    Hello all. I'm new here and am looking for some advice.

    I have a good size bulkhead basement door. The bulkhead has a door on the inside to the basement as well as an exterior door. I'd estimate the bulkhead to be 4' x 6' with concrete steps inside. Is there any special considerations I should think about in turning this into a chicken coop? I have read pretty extensively about coop design, and understand the basics that I need to provide. If am able to provide the basics, is there any reasons why I should not use the bulkhead?

    Thanks for any opinions on this!

  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    I would be very careful in the placement of such a thing in regards to the sun. It could become an oven before you are ready to have your chickens cooked!
    Ventilation anywhere?
  3. Carlos142

    Carlos142 Hatching

    Feb 16, 2011
    I would add ventilation. It is on the back of my south-facing house, so I was more worried about cold (I'm in MA), but I would add a heatlamp. It would be easy to run wiring since the bulkhead is attached to my house.
  4. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I think pictures would help. I'm having a hard time imagining a giant door in the ground over some concrete steps becoming a chicken coop.

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