Coop suggestions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by noah600, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. noah600

    noah600 New Egg

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    I am looking for advice on how to get started as cheaply as possible. We don't have the tools or carpentry ability to build a coop. I have seen several decent priced kits online. Any suggestions? I will probably start with 4 or 5 chickens.
     
  2. Slongest

    Slongest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May i suggest looking on the web or putting an ad out for a large dog house cheap and simple put a run on it and a roost on the inside. even if you find a smaller one it isnt hard to add on or combine two together
     
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  3. showbarnmom

    showbarnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen a lot of success using kids play houses. Like the ones fischer price makes. Browse CL and look for that, a large dog house, shipping crate, or the play scapes for kids. Use any of those, pick up some 2x4s, for the roosts. Buckets on their sides for nesting boxes or cat litter boxes.

    If you need a run, look around for a dog run. Some times can find them for $50, but most cost $100-150 in my area. Cover the top with shade cloth. This will work.great for keeping chickens in.

    If you have a high predator issue, cover the sides with the hardware cloth and zip tie it to the dog run.
     
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  4. noah600

    noah600 New Egg

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    Has anyone heard anything good or bad about this house? Based on the dimensions, how many chickens could I fit comfortably?

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    Slongest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Comfortably Id say 4-6 depending on size as well..
     
  6. jrudolph305

    jrudolph305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can draw up a plan/sketch of what you want perhaps you could find somebody that would do the actual building. You buy all the supplies and they do the work with your help. Maybe a local school would have a shop class and could recommend a student. Kits, ready made sheds and cheaply as possible sometimes do not go hand in hand. Our first coop, run and supplies we built for around $400 for 6 girls. This included price of 12 week old hens, heated waterer, feeder and all the little extras that add up. Just remember you are doing this for fun.
     
  7. PostgeStampFarm

    PostgeStampFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have heard of folks looking on craigslist and using old Rubbermaid plastic tool sheds or even Little Tykes style playhouses as starter coops...with some creativity they could work rather well I would suspect.
     

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