chicken cabinet

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicabee19, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
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    I designed a "chicken cabinet" to fit our needs - basically a box on stilts.

    I have seen some posts and pictures that are very similar to the design. Just goes to show you no idea is really new, eh?

    The coop box is 3.5' long, 2.5' tall, about 2.5' deep.

    It has big doors that open to expose the entire inside area (like a kitchen cabinet) so it can be pressure-hosed as necessary. The floor slopes toward the opening for cleaning ease, and is covered in sheet vinyl. The walls are also covered in sheet vinyl glued on with liquid nails. (We learned how good liquid nails works - it took us a month to scrape it off our oak floor in one bedroom where carpet had been glued down).

    I might use an actual kitchen cabinet if it's not too heavy.

    The roosts run across the left side of the box, nest box on the right with an egg door on the outside.

    The pop door/ramp to the covered run goes out the side of the box beneath the roosts. The portion below the box will be closed in with strong wire on all sides so it can be used as a tractor.

    In summer one or both big doors can be left open for free-ranging.

    Thinking of using floor vents that can open and close as vents. Will try to find an old lawnmower for wheels on both ends.

    Can you picture it?

    Wish I was a good draw-er. The artiste was too tired to draw it for me last night. I'll post a drawing eventually.
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    The roosts run across the left side of the box, nest box on the right with an egg door on the outside.

    Chicabee19, I'm okay, till I try to picture the roosts..... you said the cabinet is only 2.5 feet deep and 2.5 feet tall. Not a lot of space for roosting.....​
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2008
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chicabee, your avatar is showing a red X. Can you fix it or do you need help?
     
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
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    hi mp

    yeah, I know my measurements are probably off... [​IMG]

    but thank goodness the draw-er and measur-er will be around when it actually comes time to draw up plans and make the thing.

    and we just sat for an hour talking about the 10 different places we could put a coop. [​IMG]

    The funny thing is, when it's actually done, it probably won't be anything like I now envision it.
     

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