Coop plan challenge. I need some ideas and input

HeatherLynn

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Ok so I posted in my random rambling about heifer international and their giving a flock of chicks gift. Well I want to do that but I also want to give one myself to someone local. I mentioned to my husband and I already have someone. They would love to have some but they are severely short of funds right now. 1 kid and another on the way and he is trying to figure out how to majorly cut the grocery bill with hunting. I had mentioned several months ago I would help them get started with chicks but my husband never got back to me. Today he tells me they were interested but just didn't have the money to get a coop built. Sooo I need ideas for a smallish coop for probably3 to 4 hens and maybe a roo( room to grow into would be great too if we can afford it). I have a pair of young BO's and a BR rooster that are inseperable and they just started laying regularly. I think they would be perfect starters for them. The roo is super protective also so since they would free range I think that would do well. He also is good around the little ones. They have 10 acres out in the middle of nowhere so space would not be a bit issue. I would think that would be a pretty easy number of birds to feed and would provide enough eggs for their family. Now I just need to come up with a coop my husband can build, load up on the truck and deliver, all without breaking our bank also. lol

So ideas anyone?

maybe a plan where it can be expanded easily later?
 
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yomama

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I would check Craigslist too. Since this family is only going to have a few chickens, maybe converting an old dog house would be cheap. Sometimes they have fencing material for pretty cheap too, if you need run material.
 

HeatherLynn

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That is cute and we do have access to free pallets. I will have to show the hubby that one. I have everything else they need including the chickens to get started. The plan for the coop was the one I was stumped on. I checked under coop designs but there were so many I got a bit bogged down.
 

brounii

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Aug 16, 2010
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No problem hun, glad I could help out. I just finished making our coop and run, but I'm already thinking about the next one, lol. I think it would be fun to try this one and use it for a brooder hut or just a place to raise more chicks before I integrate them with the flock.
 

eggboy

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Ok so I posted in my random rambling about heifer international and their giving a flock of chicks gift. Well I want to do that but I also want to give one myself to someone local. I mentioned to my husband and I already have someone. They would love to have some but they are severely short of funds right now. 1 kid and another on the way and he is trying to figure out how to majorly cut the grocery bill with hunting. I had mentioned several months ago I would help them get started with chicks but my husband never got back to me. Today he tells me they were interested but just didn't have the money to get a coop built. Sooo I need ideas for a smallish coop for probably3 to 4 hens and maybe a roo( room to grow into would be great too if we can afford it). I have a pair of young BO's and a BR rooster that are inseperable and they just started laying regularly. I think they would be perfect starters for them. The roo is super protective also so since they would free range I think that would do well. He also is good around the little ones. They have 10 acres out in the middle of nowhere so space would not be a bit issue. I would think that would be a pretty easy number of birds to feed and would provide enough eggs for their family. Now I just need to come up with a coop my husband can build, load up on the truck and deliver, all without breaking our bank also. lol

Very generous of you!
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That wooden pallet thing sounds great!​
 

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