EASY,lg coop for 12-14 nest boxes in the freezin cold Northeast??Ideas anyone??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sarahndipity723, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Sarahndipity723

    Sarahndipity723 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was perusing all the clever,cute, chicken coops n tractors lookn for one with enuf rm to modify for 12- 14 net boxes, I was going to use the cute,"Cluckingham Palace" design and attch another 6 nestboxes on the other eaves side,however,its 6 wks later and I havent yet had time to start as I have horses,dogs,etc to care for after workn 50-60 hrs a wk...is there an easier design anyone noticed that I can insulate later?? I am located in Maine,we do get below zero temps here...I have Buff Orps ...free range, whom my Rottys guard from Foxes and Coyotes!
     
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  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I just picked up a travel trailer for free off of CL. Mine is small, for 10-12 birds. Big ones are pretty easy to come by cheap. It took me an afternoon to strip out the insides. I don't think it looks trashy either sitting in my yard either. Just an idea.
     
  3. Sarahndipity723

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    Thanks Knock Kneed Hen....I was considering using my older sm horse trailer temporarily, thats not an option though as I'll never use it for horses again if so...sorry,whats a "Travel Trailer"?A camper? Or,may I ask, like the trailer from a big rig?How big is it?
     
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  4. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    This is about 13 ft. long x 7 1/2 ft. wide on the inside. Has some cosmetic damage, but nothing too bad that can't be fixed.

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    My husband put a coat of sealer on the roof since it leaked a little. At the bottom right a little access door is missing (covered with a black floor mat). No problem since I'll put the pop door here. On the bottom left is another access door. I'll put the nest boxes there so that I can collect them from the outside. You can see that there are plenty of windows so no matter which direction the wind is blowing I can adjust it. I gutted out everything but one long cabinet for food storage, all overhead storage space, and the wall for the toilet. Thought that the little space will be useful when introducing a new bird to the coop.
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  5. Sarahndipity723

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    Thanks again,now I get it!Clever idea-
     
  6. adelore

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    What a great idea! I'd love to see the inside of it when you are done.
     

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