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Coop inside shed

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by farmercharlie, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. farmercharlie

    farmercharlie In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2008
    Central Illinois
    I’ve wanted chickens for years, but could not afford to build a coop. I have a good sized finished shed that I could use a corner of that shed to house chickens. I’m thinking of building two walls and including an access door. I have several questions: 1. Will chickens peck at painted drywall? 2. What materials would be better than drywall for the new walls? 3. Could the birds get at the suspended ceiling (nine foot height)? 4. What size? I want to start with a dozen chickens and maybe increase the flock as time goes by. 5. What size outside pen would I need? And lastly: What size doorway for the chickens to enter/exit? Sorry for the amount of questions but I grew up on a farm and barely remember having chickens (mostly the pecking while gathering eggs as a small boy).

    Thanks in advance for the newby.

  2. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Just use your best judgment, and you will be fine. I wouldn't use drywall though, use OSB instead, and the bigger the run the better. Good luck!
  3. TundraChick

    TundraChick Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    West Viriginia
    check out my page..click on the link..we used a shed

    1. Yes
    2. plywood, but they still peck it and I have to repair, they seem very adept at finding the nails and pecking around them
    3. mine can
    4. 4sqft per bird at least
    5. 10 sqft per bird if no freerange time, at least
    6. my doors are 12x12

    Good Luck, what fun, I'm jealous!
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Drywall will soak up moisture and poop will stick to it unless you paint it with some high gloss nonstick type paint or something. Not the best surface for a chicken coop, in general. Unless you have roosts that high, they can't get at the ceiling, I don't think, especially with standard breeds. An 8x8 or slightly larger would do fine for a dozen birds. That's how I started. THEN added 12' and lots more birds, LOL.
    The door works well if it's 12" wide and tall.
  5. farmercharlie

    farmercharlie In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2008
    Central Illinois
    Another question: I've looked at several pages of the forum and it looks like concrete flooring is a no no. What would be a good material to put on top of the concrete? Sawdust, leaves, straw?


    Central Illinois
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Smooth concrete is fine, but you do need bedding or it will be a slick, nasty mess. Pine shavings is the preferred bedding for most people, with hay or straw behind that.

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