Coop utilizing modified Child's house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mpf, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. mpf

    mpf Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2011
    It was from a "step5" home... The green surfaces are exterior plywood, in 1/2 and 3/8 thickness.
    The simple non-movable pieces= 3/8.
    The 2 nest door areas are 1/2, you will want that for the hinge/screws and weight-bearing ability.
    Caulked before the screws were driven, the plastic surfaces are not perfectly flat...the wood is
    rigid enough to pull the plastic 'into line', but not 100%. Use caulk if you do this.
    Especially the Main is a freeform surface, the wood is cut to rest on the radius of the plastic.
    Only way to seal it, as it is FAR from flat on the exterior face...I caulked from the Inside as well.
    It worked.
    The locking method, use machine screw eyebolts that perforate the entire window/door
    (red), and I used a "nylock" nut so it does not swivel..but you could double-nut it
    for the same idea. Just don't use a wood screw style, plastic is thin, no real 'meat'
    for them to hold against the raccoons.
    There are 2 nests...the beauty of this home is that they already have an alcove, a projection
    if you will...inside there is a plywood floor in the nest which will require shims to steady it.
    wood screws attach it to the plastic. No movement, there are 7 birds inside.
    The egg door..1/2 wood -w- a crude framing of furring strip lumber to stiffen it.
    I used a piece of tarp to make a 'roof' over the nest, thinking it's soft, variable
    surface, as compared to a plywood roof...would stop them from getting on top
    of it..did not work, they do roost on the tarp, the highest point inside. I have not
    had any egglaying yet..straw inside the nest was pushed out, maybe the Roo did it?
    The bottom is a platform, app. 5x7. The coop is fastened with aluminum straps
    in case of winds...It has been subjected to a few really bad storms this summer,
    no movement. Step5 home is pretty heavy, I think it is 220 lbs. by itself.
    A rectangle is, naturally, cut into the 3/4 thick floor, with a ramp.
    BTW, the image of the baby chick is from the feedbag, it is printed fiberglass...glued to a piece of plywood,
    it covers up a large "step5" emblem. From a distance, it looks like a window with a chick looking out!
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    That is so cool! I had picked out a Little Tykes playhouse that had been thrown out twice. Now in my backyard.
    Always wondered what to do with it. Raising it up is perfect.
    I needed another chicken area, babies, or rooster lockup.
    The thing that kept me from throwing it out....
    I had found a nest of bantam eggs. In the sink! Great idea.
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    It looks really good. I did sort of the same thing for my ducks. I have a wooden playhouse that I modified. It started out being a bantam coop but chicken math got in the way so now its the ducks house. The thing I dont see is ventilation. What are your winters like? If you lock things down in the winter you will not have enough ventilation and if your roosts are level with the windows if you leave the windows open you will have cold drafts blowing across your chickens.
  4. mpf

    mpf Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2011
    Quote:I live in Naperville, Il. 25 miles west of chicago. It is cold here in winter.
    The 2 red 'windows', the doubled-up things, have a gap around them.
    This gap DOES allow a tiny bit of rain inside. I believe this will allow
    enough airflow...but have not gone thru winter yet. People were saying
    these plastic homes get too hot, but not this one. It is cooler inside on a hot
    summer day....I do freerange them for 1/2 day, every day. I open the whole
    device up them, to really air it out, it has a ton of airflow then!
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    You did a really nice job with this. It looks like it was built just for this use. [​IMG]
  6. LoveNewChicks

    LoveNewChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2011
    I don't know,
    My Coop
    How did you do that?
    could you give some more pics?
    thinking of making a similar thing
    Actually i have the same exact house!


    1 golden sex-link 1 sister 2 brothers 1 mom 1 dad
    i am the middle child
    my dad and mom work all day so I am THE BUILDER GIRL
  7. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    Quote:The 2 red 'windows', the doubled-up things, have a gap around them.
    This gap DOES allow a tiny bit of rain inside. I believe this will allow
    enough airflow...but have not gone thru winter yet.

    You need much more ventilation than the gaps around the windows will provide. Chickens produce an amazing amount of humidity. If it does get cold, and can't imagine that it won't, living that far north, you'll expose your chickens to potential frostbite.
  8. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Linden, NC
    That looks great!!


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