Converting an Aluminum Shed Into a Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LizD360, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. LizD360

    LizD360 In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    Sanford, FL
    Help! I recently found a small (5x5x5) aluminum shed on Craigs List. It has a wooden frame on the inside. I'm just worried about ventilation and light. Can you add windows/vents to an aluminum shed? I will be lifting it up off the ground for ventilation and shade. I live in Central Florida so I will need to try to keep my chicks as cool as possible. Any advice?
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  2. CoyoteMagic

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  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yes, you can, although it is annoying b/c obviously you have to cut through the metal skin to do it. Just cut holes (avoiding any structural elements!), screw wood framing to them to stiffen them and protect vs sharp edges, and there ya go.

    It is likely to get *awfully* hot in there unless you can put it in the shade, though.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. cabela

    cabela In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2010
    We did this with no problem, however, we are in WI. We converted our old ice shanty into our coop, we did put windows and put it up on cement blocks. So far, so good. We added a metal "lean to" off the outside too. Good luck......
  5. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Crowing

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    We have a huge metal shed outbuilding in our back property. It has a dirt floor though. I've thought about using it but it would be alot of work and now dh is talking about that being his 'new' workshop grrrr! I know I will have to let him have it since he has built me so many coops and been so cool about my chicken fetish LOL!
  6. LizD360

    LizD360 In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    Sanford, FL
    Thank for all the great ideas! I just wasn't sure how to get started. I'll post some pics as soon as we get started.[​IMG]

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