Dog house used for a coop? Would this work?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bec, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Ok, so I have been drawn into the world of Silkies and decided it is time to get me some of those cute little fluffies!

    I have a large dog house that was a "nest" for my goose for the past 2 years. She has found a new place to have her nest next to me koi pond so that means the dog house is vacant!

    Would I be able to put it up on legs and attach a run? I am thinking I could fit 4 silkies being that they would only basically sleep and lay eggs in there.

    Would this work out ok?
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I took an old dog coop, and made it into a two section breeding/grow out pen with 2 large runs.
  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I just measured the inside of it and it is just under 4 ft from front to back and just under 3 from side to side. It is 3 feet tall on the inside.
    I was thinking I could put it up on 2 ft leg, that way they will have shelter if they didn't want to go in, they could go under.
  4. redbugs13

    redbugs13 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2009
    Southwest Washington
    I just finished my chicken house (which is a converted dog house) yesterday and attached a 10 x 10 dog kennel for the run. It still needs some finishing touches. I got the dog house off of craigslist, but then I started taking it apart to frame in the nest boxes and a window, and everything was rotten, so we tore it all down and dh reconstructed it. Here are some pics of it how it turned out. We put it up on 2 ft posts, Im gonna use underneath for storage for food and shavings.

    I made it so the whole back swings open for cleaning.

    Here is my cat making sure the nest boxes are cozy!
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  5. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Oh Very Nice!! I really like the nest boxes on the outside of it! I may have to do that, then they would have even more inside room!

    Thanks for the pics, gave me some good ideas! I really like how it looks up on legs! [​IMG]
  6. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    I made my dog house into a coop for my new chicks too, but I didn't put it on legs.. I'll have to get pics later...
  7. raneydayfarm

    raneydayfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2009
    I have a pair of cochins in a dog house that we converted to a chicken house. It's only the two of them, and we gave them a nice size run to go with it. I am anxious to see how it works out with them, so far they like it and she has laid 3 eggs in it already. We are hoping to do more small mini-houses like this for our breeding pairs if all goes well.
  8. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I would love to see pictures of everyone's coops that are made from dog houses!!

    The more ideas I can get, the better!
  9. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Here's mine....


    The girls are going to get a new 6x6 chain link kennel for a run this summer.

    Here's the set up on the inside....


    Everything on the inside is removable for easy cleaning. The nest box is a rubbermaid container, and the roost is free standing.

    Here's a pic of the roost, complete with built in droppings board...


    I also added a door that I can lock at night. The girls haven't complained so far, and they've been in there for a year now.
  10. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Ooohh, I love that roost Idea!

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