Can I use a Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate as a hen house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MrPaw, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. MrPaw

    MrPaw Chirping

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    Can I use a Double Door Metal Dog Crate as a hen house? I am basing this question on my old coop which was basically an elevated, three sided, partly enclosed, roofed, open floor design. With this in mind, and wanting a sturdier, non-wood coop, I was thinking a Double Door Metal Dog Crate with three sides partialy covered and top covered, would work. The broad side would open to the run and the narrow end could be for cleanout. I am in zone 8 for reference, and my old coop held 3 RIR and 3 Leghorns, with very little coverage on the sides. They never had a problem during the winters. This new coop will hold about 4 - 6 bantams separate from my existing 8 standards hens.
     
  2. doublecrossranch

    doublecrossranch Songster

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    Do you have pictures?
     
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  3. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    Pictures would help so we can actually see what you're working with. Sounds very interesting...
     
  4. MrPaw

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  5. AviansLove

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    If it is going to be outside then no, I had a tarp over mine and a raccoon grabbed 2 of my chickens out of it (the fencing or wires, whatever you call it was small to) and it was temporary, left them out only 1 night to in the cage.
     
  6. MrPaw

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    I'm sorry for the loss of your two girls. This coop will join up to a run that's inside a bigger run. This keeps my bantams in the flock but safe. My setup will not be near the enclosure, about 5 ft away and inside of a predator safe enclosure. I've had possum problems a few years ago. Learned my lesson.
     
  7. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Seems to me if it meets the needs of the chickens, in space, ventilation and protection from weather and predators, then it doesn't really matter what it's made of. I use a dog crate inside a heated room in my garage when I have a sick chicken and as a brooder. They are actually quite versatile enclosures.
     
  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    No need to say more good luck put in the other like hardware cloth around my dog crates
     
  9. AsaDotJava

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    I use wire dog crates as houses for my cockerels/stag bantams... the best part is how easily you can just slip sticks in to create roosting space, and cover/uncover them depending on weather.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    That article about crates is only meant for temporary confinement/isolation.

    Not seeing your pics.

    If enclosure is predator proof why do you need the crate?

    Would need to be a pretty big crate to hold that many birds.
     

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