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Coop...Help me think this through

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mother4Jesus, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Mother4Jesus

    Mother4Jesus In the Brooder

    Jan 1, 2012
    New York
    This is so overwhelming...
    We had chickens in the past and had a typical Amish type coop. We didn't like it. Cleaning it out was a pain.

    Now we are starting all over. I"ve got 14 Buff Orpington Chicks in my kitchen and my hubby and I are trying to decide on what type of coop to buy.
    ***My hubby is not handy, he works in NYC (We live upstate), he travels and has NO Time to build his own, even if he knew what to do. LOL

    So building one is not an option.

    We were thinking about a resin shed, and hubby was concerned about the plastic and any leeching of chemicals to the birds.
    Then my hubby found this....


    This is a great coop but very expenisve.
    I told my hubby that my gut was saying that this coop would not be easy to clean.

    I want a large shed type coop that I can walk in. I think it's easier to walk in and clean the roosting areas.

    What say you all???

    If you have any suggestions...Links are welcomed.

    God Bless, "

  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    I converted an 8x8 shed into a coop and love it because I can walk around in it without bumping my head like my little Amish coop.
  3. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Songster

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    I wouldn't like a small coop at all, our old coop was around 12x12 shed type attached to a large penned area in the backyard for a run, just let the birds out their door then shut them out and you could open the man door and do whatever you wanted in there. I would say for that price you could but the material for a small shed type coop and maybe hire a local handyman to put it together for you
  4. Jakoda

    Jakoda Songster

    Apr 12, 2012
    Old Lyme CT
    I personally, like going with a shed, then customize the inside to what you want..Mine is a 12 x20 Dutch Barn, (well 75% of it was demolished in storm sandy:( I loved it, used 1/4 of it for chickens , the rest for storage..however since we are rebuilding, I'll be using more space for the chickens because bigger is always better !!

    My vote is, get a prefab shed, mine is T-11, altho many say the new "smartside" stuff is just as good. customize the inside yourself..If your husband isn't handy, hire a handyman to make you nesting boxes/roosts/ section off an area:)


    BTW Buffs are my FAV chickens,,love my buff's:)

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