Coop Kit HELP!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KTDennis, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. KTDennis

    KTDennis New Egg

    Mar 14, 2017
    I know, I know-- I've read all the reviews and this is NOT the ideal route to go and they won't last long BUT, it's my only choice. I bought 4 chicks on a whim for my kids and my husband wants nothing to do with it-- and I can't build. SO I'm buying... I've researched and like these 2 (decent reviews considering) but don't know-- are they big enough for 4 chicks? Maybe 6 eventually? I have acreage and can let them free range eventually if that helps lessen the size needed.

    Any help is great! Thanks guys!!
  2. dewtattoo

    dewtattoo Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2017
    Modesto, CA
    My Coop
    They both look like decent coops in my opinion, but I wouldn't put more than 4 birds in either one of those. I am in the process of building a coop myself. My coop is 5' x 4' with a 4' x 8' run, and I'm already starting to worry that it's not big enough for my for birds.

    I'm sorry to hear that you hubby isn't will to help. Building your own design is far cheaper and is only limited to your imagination.
  3. Rwood5093

    Rwood5093 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2016
    Jamestown, SC
    Anyone can build :) But if you're going to go with a prefab coop, look for cedar (like urban coop company). Most everything else is junk and flimsy that I have seen or heard about. Maybe see if you can find a shed on Craigslist and modify. Or, if you're really in a bind, one of these might last longer if you can keep it under a covered run.

    Have fun!
  4. MrsChickens

    MrsChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2017
    I agree with Rwood5093. These prefab coop/pens are easy enough to assemble, but my experience is they are a total waste of money and don't hold up. They are made from thin...I mean VERY thin pine. Often the predrilled holes are often in the wrong places and on the house I bought the nest box hinge actually ripped the wood. It didn't last but a year and it was inside my garage. The construction is usually less than adequate to keep out wind or even shelter cold. If you're willing to spend $600 or so on a coop, you may find something made from lumber and much more substantial. If you check the internet for cedar chicken coop kits you will find there is quite a bit available and at reasonable prices. Here's one as example -
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If you can assemble a prefab coop, you are more than able to build one. It's not that hard. Most hardware/lumber stores will even cut the wood to the right dimensions for you. A simple, 4 foot by 4 foot box will suffice. Look through the Coops section. There are a ton of ideas, and many even include detailed plans.
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  6. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2015
    Wow they are expensive!! Do you have a lumber yard that sells sheds?? For $600 you could buy a small shed, perches and nesting boxes are easy to make ....

    Just an idea... I do like the first coop though, it looks like a smart design

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