converting old shed to coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DLMKA, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. DLMKA

    DLMKA Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2010
    I'm contemplating adding a wall to my shed and having the back 4' as a chicken coop The shed is 10' wide so there will be enough room for the 4-6 hens we're planning on getting in the spring. I'm a little worried about it because I store my lawnmower and tiller in there as well. I have windows and will be adding some ventilation in the roof if we decide to go down that route but I'm still concerned about any fuel vapors coming off the other equipment in there. What do you think?
  2. La Casa de Pollo

    La Casa de Pollo Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 4, 2011
    Northern Utah
    They might jump up on the equipment and poop all over it.....
  3. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you just store the tiller and mowers in a divided part of the shed, I don't see a problem. I stored field tractor, bobcat, garden tractor, tiller, mower, and gas cans in the same shed as my chickens - separated only by wire and (in winter) plastic. There were no problems at all.

    What you're discussing is blocking off the chickens and adding separate window and ventilation. That is nearly like having them in a different building (like a garage attached to a house).

    Now, if you were running/repairing these machines day after day. . . .

    Love, Linn B (aka Smart Red) Gardening zone 5a - 4b in south-est, central-est Wisconsin
  4. DLMKA

    DLMKA Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2010
    There will be a wall seperating them covered with chicken wire. I figured I was going to be okay and neither the tiller or lawnmower will run inside the shed except maybe a few minutes to park the tiller in there.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I would not be concerned at all, but you can always add some more ventilation to the shed part too.

    The chickens will create a lot of dust. You might find a pretty good layer of dust on your equipment. You might consider throwing a plastic cover over the equipment to keep the dust off the motors. And check your air filters often.

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