Calf hut as chicken house?

texcalkas

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 14, 2008
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I am interested in using a calf hut or similar hoop-style building as a chicken tractor and am wondering if anyone else is doing this? My concern is will they stand up to bad Kansas weather (hail, sun, snow, wind, etc) and will they get too hot in the summer? Also, how to do nests and perches inside? I have built a chicken tractor out of wood (straight out of the book by the same name) and found it to be very bulky, hard to move, and just generally a bad place to keep poultry very long. Whatever I get to replace the discarded tractor is going to have to be easily assembled, easily moved and easily cared for.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Kimberly
 

Dawn419

Lost in the Woods
12 Years
Apr 16, 2007
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Evening Shade, AR
Hi Kimberly, Welcome to BYC!

Check out Moonwalkers' Hoop Coop post. I "think" it's along the same lines as the calf hut you are talking about.

Hope this is some help!

Dawn
 

wynedot55

Songster
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Mar 28, 2007
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yes a calf hutch will work for a henhouse.an it will hold up to your weather.the only thing you might want todo is anchor it down.if you get real bad winds.
 

texcalkas

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 14, 2008
12
1
24
On the subject of wind...we had so much at 2 this morning that it turned our trampoline upside down onto my bird feeder stand (bent it all the way to the ground), smashing a stone bird bath. The trampoline mat is history too. So, whatever I finally decide on a chicken house will have to withstand the constant wind here. I'm just exploring all my options.
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
Welcome...It's good to have another Kansan onboard.

I tried to get a couple calf huts at an auction at one point in time, but they went for too much. I'd definately anchor it down.
 

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