converting baby crib to a coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by calman, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. calman

    calman New Egg

    Sep 22, 2009
    Anyone tried this before? Our crib is well used after two boys and now in garage. I think it would make a good chicken coop with little work.
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Good idea!
  3. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    of course it can be done!!! basically thats your frame...woo hoo, another coop idea!!!....

    be sure to post pictures!!!
  4. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    That is a great idea! And you can always find them for cheap at sales and such.
  5. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Cool idea. I never would have thought of that!
  6. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    Sounds great - post pictures when done - cribs are cheap at yard sales - I'm thinking hit the sales = more chickens [​IMG]
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Great idea for a few pics when you do it!!!!! [​IMG]
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Remember cribs are not generally made to be left out in the weather; thus any parts made of mdf will disintegrate and joints in real wood will tend to fail. By the time you put plywood on the outside to weather- and predatorproof it (do not trust the strength of the crib bars alone, against like a dog or determined raccoon), and all that, I do not think you would be saving yourself much in the way of time or materials over just building from scratch.

    So, I mean, you can do it, but I am not sure it is the most effective thing to do.

    People use old cribs as *brooders* sometimes, that works well... just put in a solid floor instead of the mattress, use mesh or screen or plywood over the barred walls, and make a hard or mesh top for it, and presto.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat, who has an eye on the 2 yr old's crib for a brooder conversion when he gets his own room which will be Real Soon Now [​IMG]
  9. chickens4me

    chickens4me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    OK, I have thought of doing this, too. But when I mention it to anyone in my house they all looked shocked/horrified, but I still think it is a really great idea---especially if is still has its wheels as you would have an instant "mobile coop?" [​IMG]

    Please post pictures when you are done! I would love to see it. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    Of course they are gonna be shocked!!!....they dont understand chickens...but soon it will happen, they have to see it done first...Ive seen coops out of empty dryers..they take the door off....out of campers...


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