Coop Location?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Usernamium, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. im building a coop, in your opinion, what location should i use?

    LOCATION 1: Abandoned rink


    Pros: Large space, Bugs, Freedom (of Building), its close to the place where we let our dogs pee :p.
    Cons: Wet in summer (there might be a way to drain it), not much grass, Close to woods, Expensive.

    SITE B: Shed thing


    Pros: Lots of nice grass, cheap, right size, pre-built. a little farther from the woods, still next to the woods nonetheless.
    Cons: Needs fixing, small area, near other shed, cluttered (electric fencing h*ll), woods, inconveniently shaped roof (window looks like a great door).

    Gordon Ramsay my areas below. thanks!

    im also looking to get into archery for no reason at all. [​IMG]
  2. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2011
    The shed option would be my choice. It appears to be closer to electricity and easier to get to in the winter. It will be much cheaper to rejuvenate an existing building than to build a new one. I would either replace the existing door with one that is 1/2 glass or add a window. You don't say how big the shed is. Do yourself a favor and build the run completely predator proof. In the long run it safes sooooo much time & aggravation. If you have harsh winters, think about adding a solid roof to at least part of the run.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Agreed - converting your shed will take minimal time, effort and cost. I built roosting bars from tree branches and put plastic basins on a low shelf for nesting boxes - job done!

  4. Sseckel

    Sseckel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2013
    Homestead, IA
    I vote the shed as well. I hve had coops in various locations and the best one is always the one which is most convenient to get to when winter storms come. I love my chickens but... when it is well below freezing walking across the yard through deep snow (or constantly shoveling a path) gets old when hauling water and doing egg checks. That said I have 20 hens and am looking to add a roo so the water demands are signaficant when I don't have a hydrant nearby.
  5. SilverChicken

    SilverChicken New Egg

    Sep 12, 2015
    Shed looks good to me. I always think that shed coops can sometimes be the best, they are often really sturdy and take minimal effort to convert. In fact, I actually know some people who didn't even bother converting it, they literally just threw some bark chips down for padding and a few other items, without making any structural changes.
    I first saw it on this site when I was looking for chicken coop plans and they called it "the shed". Super basic but a great way to hold a large amount of chickens at a cheap cost. I like a nice fancy coop just as much as anyone, but sometimes money doesnt allow it!
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! I also vote for the existing shed, with extra hardware cloth covered windows, and one in the door. Add a run, and you are good to go! Having electricity in the coop, and nearby access to water, will make your life MUCH NICER, especially in winter. Mary

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