Designs please

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by crazychicken, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    NC
    designs for a chicken coop are needed please.

    you see my chickens turn 1 year old in January so this is their first winter. and we can already tell that it is going to be way colder than it has been in the past. i have we believe lost one to the cold you see my six month old hen we put in with my one year olds her parents. she was our favorite she would come when we called and she would perch on us and follow us around. well two weeks ago it snowed three times and she did fine. but last week we found her dead on the floor it had dropped to the teens in the middle of the night and we did not know it was supposed to get that cold. any she died and we had to dig her a nice little grave by the garden. anyway we want to avoid the same problem with my one year olds. so we need a coop design that follows the following guidelines.

    1.) it has to be able to add on to a dog pen. our current set up is a dog pen with tarps on the sides and a nice wooden and shingled roof.

    2.) it has to be light because we are going to try and move out to the country soon but it does not look like it will happen this year.

    3.) it has to be fairly inexpensive because their is six of us so price needs to stay kinda low.

    they are three half bantam hens and 1 standard roo. if that helps any.
     
  2. FrChuckW

    FrChuckW Father to all, Dad to none

    Sep 7, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    There are two relatively inexpensive options here,

    You can get/build a small dog house large enough for your flock or you can get some 1 x 2's, some plywood sheeting panels and make a small lightweight coop. AS you only have 4 birds, in the back of the run you can use that to provide them some more shelter.

    The other solution is to get a bunch of hay bales and stack them around the back end of the run and put a big pile of it inside the run as well. If you build frames for the sides out of the 1 x 2's big enough to support the panels, you can screw them together so that when you move you just take them apart.

    You primarily want to keep the wind off them at night time, so a wind break out of hay bales might also work.
     
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