converting a tree house into a chicken coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Iowa Roo Mom, May 4, 2009.

  1. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Ok, so I am going to take over the tree house my dad built for us when we were kids. Here it is now:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    (Sorry it's sideways! I dunno how to fix it)

    When we outgrew it, we turned it into a "cat house", but the last cat to use it died 2 years ago. No one has been in it since (except for mice, raccoons and oppossums, and WASPS! [​IMG] I went up there today to start cleaning, and whew! What a job! [​IMG] I found an old feather bed, an old sleeping bad, a bucket, 2 pillows, an old dog bed, and the entire floor was lined with old carpet backing. On top of all that, there were probably 2 or 3 bales of straw. [​IMG]
    Here it is AFTER I drug all that junk out! It was such a huge pile I could hardly get down the ladder!

    [​IMG]
    (Again, sorry it's sideways!)

    Tomorrow I'm going up to get some more done, but I'm pretty excited about the idea! I'm going to screen in the sophets, and the windows for when they're opened. I bought galvanized "metal cloth" to put up around the bottom so it will be totally secure, and I'm going to build a door from scratch to get into it (with NO carpentry skills!) I'm going to plant grass seed in the bottom, too. The inside will need work to fashion roosts, etc, but I'm super excited for the finished product! If anyone has any suggestions or reccomendations, I need all the help I can get, as I am new to chicken-keeping! I'll keep y'all updated with more pics as I get more done... wish me luck! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    That's will be an Awesome coop, best Luck for you.

    Please keep us updated, with more Pictures and info.

    Omran
     
  3. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    245
    1
    121
    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    How will they get down to the outside or to their run?
     
  4. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    There's a trap door type opening where the ladder is, it's slanted. I'm going to add a ramp, I guess I should have mentioned that... sorry!
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  5. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    You also can build a step and a ppl door from one of the sides that way you can access the coop with out going on thier litter.
     
  6. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Great idea! See, thats why I [​IMG] this site!
     
  7. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    That will be a great coop. How high up is it? That is going to be quite the ramp! Keep the pics coming!
     
  8. aaronzclark

    aaronzclark Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is gonna look great! are you gonna put a fence at the bottom or what?
     
  9. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,535
    20
    186
    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    Didn't somebody on the forum say that their (adult) birds used steps to flutter up to the top roosts in their barn?

    I'll bet that would work. I sure would have to have to move it--must be heavier than it looks, and looks well built.
     
  10. Lil chick chick

    Lil chick chick Out Of The Brooder

    45
    0
    22
    May 2, 2009
    Nampa, Idaho
    Very Unique! Very cool. I would definately build steps and a people door or something to that effect, or else it is going to be a pain to fill food and water. If I had a ramp to walk up I would be afraid of slipping and falling with the heavy food and water. Or are the food and water going to be below?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by