- Sep 30, 2020
Hawks and owls if you let them out and you will probably want to let them out from time to time. Get the largest coop you can afford and be prepared to put a watertight sealant on the wood and cover the roof with something. They all leak.I live in a neighborhood, so small is the key for right now...maybe 3 chickens. I live in Central Florida so it’s hot. I think winters are freezing, but I get cold with anything below 80! My plan is to purchase a small coop and run and a sail shade for them not to get too hot. I don’t think we have predators around here, we have a vinyl fence all around the yard so I think they will be safe.
Good information! Thanks a bunch!I would build the coop. I know it sounds like a crazy amount of work, but I built mine with absolutely no wood working experience. If you build your own, you can make it exactly as big as you want, and with the exact dimensions that work best for you. You can also make it a lot more durable and secure than any pre-made coop.
If you do decide to buy a coop though, keep in mind that they are always much too small to house the amount of chickens they are advertised for.
Oh my!! That’s for the suggestion about the state site!I've handled only one and it was as strong if not stronger than either of my full grown coons so build it to keep 'em out.
Before I talk up them stalking coops too much you might want to go in your state thread and find out if it's a big problem. I only know ya'll have them down there and the pet one my buddy had loved raw eggs.
Good to know! Thanks!Hawks and owls if you let them out and you will probably want to let them out from time to time. Get the largest coop you can afford and be prepared to put a watertight sealant on the wood and cover the roof with something. They all leak.
Thanks for responding!Welcome to BYC! Many on here, myself included, would recommend building a coop or hiring someone to build one. Building one is much more cost efficient, and you are able to customize the coop to your needs. Most prefabricated coops are very small and made out of poor quality materials. As @neo71665 said, many people spend more many than they're worth trying to upgrade the prefab to work.
Another great idea, shed from Home Depot or Lowe’s are good idea to repurpose them as chicken coops! Much bigger and sturdier. And can last for a LONG time!I applaud you for thinking ahead and preparing in advance.
Prefabs are so flimsy. And small. Go to your local tractor supply and have a look at the displays. Imagine putting a half dozen small dogs in one...too small. Imagine trying to keep a large dog out of one...too flimsy.
There are so many ideas on BYC. I've seen coops built inside dog kennels, coops built from fence panels, and hoop coops built from cattle panels and posts. Some require nothing more than an electric drill and some screws.
Also consider craigslist. Playhouses and sheds are easily repurposed.
The chickens will not care how it looks. They just need a safe, covered, and well ventilated area.
Good luck and enjoy!
To be bluntly honest,isn’t it okay if I purchase a cute little coop,
I am a newbie to chickens this year, as well. I bought a coop. Then I bought another coop because I got some pullets and had to slowly introduce them to the existing flock. Now I am building a coop that is more to my liking. As stated earlier, if you build it, then you can build it to your liking. That is what we are going to be doing. Our new (and hopefully last) coop is going to be a walk-in coop. This way I only have to worry about cleaning one coop out and heating one coop, instead of two. I am going to keep the bigger of the two coops in case of needing to separate the birds for any reason.As I am sure you are aware, I am such a newby to the chicken arena that I haven’t even gotten my first chicken yet! I have been studying coops. Now, since I am just beginning, isn’t it okay if I purchase a cute little coop, or do you really have to build one?? Honestly, I would much rather buy one! A builder I ain’t!! And, I would like to the the beginning of this new adventure as simple as possible for me! Now, since I have all that outta the way, which brand is best?
I hope I am not becoming a bother! I want to be successful when I do actually get a chicken! And thank you for all of your help!