1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

coop from tractor supply

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KaityRoseChicks, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. KaityRoseChicks

    KaityRoseChicks Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Mar 9, 2016
    Louisiana
    If we ever have bad weather to where that happens, we plan to bring them in a spare room near the house. So they'll never have to be shut in there for super long periods.
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,965
    288
    148
    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO

    There you go then. Will likely be fine as a sleeping coop. Just as long as you realize it may not be durable, but of you're handy you can always plan on repairing or reinforcing with better quality materials later when finances allow.
     
  3. KaityRoseChicks

    KaityRoseChicks Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Mar 9, 2016
    Louisiana
    Okay thanks! I'll probably have my dad do little improvements here and there if we have ideas
     
  4. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

    764
    105
    128
    Sep 2, 2015
    Braxton, Ms
    Maybe your dad would be interested in helping you build a simple coop, plenty of plans for them right here on backyard chicken.
     
  5. lynnehd

    lynnehd Chillin' With My Peeps

    759
    81
    148
    Jan 1, 2015
    Vancouver, Wa.
    This could work well for a couple of years until you figure out what you want longer term.

    If this coop will be installed inside of a larger run for bad weather, or when you are gone, but then they'll free range in your back yard when possible, then I think it should work!
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. KaityRoseChicks

    KaityRoseChicks Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Mar 9, 2016
    Louisiana
    Dad isn't into the chicken idea. So I'm trying to make him so as little as possible until he sees how it's all going to work out [​IMG]
     
  7. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

    764
    105
    128
    Sep 2, 2015
    Braxton, Ms
    Oh, my dad went nuts on over building our coops [​IMG]. I'm almost positive he would even install air conditioning and heat in them [​IMG]. Have you considered buying a chain link dog kennel and adding a roosting and laying box in there instead? The box could be made out of a old shipping crate that simply had a "chicken port" cut into the side. Then add a nesting box or two and a pole down the middle, it would cost you no more than that coop and you could fit more chickens.
     
  8. KaityRoseChicks

    KaityRoseChicks Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Mar 9, 2016
    Louisiana
    We have a 10x10 for foster dogs. The way the area is where we're putting them won't cost much to build the run. We already have all the wire left over. [​IMG]

    I think you can even see it in the picture. We have some wood but not enough probably. We will have time until they're ready to be put in the coop for any period of time. We have some old pvc/plastic poles I plan on using for roosting spots in the run.
     
  9. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

    764
    105
    128
    Sep 2, 2015
    Braxton, Ms
    They probably won't like the plastic for a roost. It's slip, maybe you could scuff it up though.. lol now I don't know. What about converting a wooden dog house into a coop and adding a small run? You could even use PVC for the run if you have a secure fence around your yard. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234961305533759772/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/94153448434743730/ Those two describe what I'm thinking about. Maybe hop on google and search "dog house converted into chicken coop and look at pics to come up with ideas that require minimal building... a used dog house wouldn't cost more than $75 bucks or so.
     
  10. KaityRoseChicks

    KaityRoseChicks Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Mar 9, 2016
    Louisiana
    I could probably scuff it up or add felt or something for them to grip. How would a dog house fare in hot Louisiana weather?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by