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everyone's coops are beautiful but...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by akanalynnn, May 12, 2008.

  1. akanalynnn

    akanalynnn In the Brooder

    I am having a hard time finding one that I think would work for my situation.... I only have 2 chickens, and a little backyard (which just got sodded [​IMG] )Everyone's coops are so beautiful, but I can't seem to find one that would be small enough to be appropriate...I am SO not crafty...

    But I do have a crafty friend... Does anyone have any actual plans for a small coop? It has to be visually pleasing as well, I didn't just landscape my backyard for nothin!

    Thanks so much for any and all input.

    I like the idea of a raised coop, but haven't seen any that jump out at me as working in this situation.[​IMG]

    I am going to go ahead and order this one unless someone sees a good reason not to..... I'll build a run out in front of it... Also, which of these do you think would be best, size wise? They will have a good sized run attached...





    Last edited: May 12, 2008
  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    For a while I just had two hens. We took down our larger coop since it needed a lot of work anyway. We found a used dog house in the local freebie paper and the hens have been happy in that ever since. We got a second one through Freecycle that our two ducks are living in. We'll keep the hens' dog house when we finish the big coop to use in case of any that need to be separated for any reason.
  3. akanalynnn

    akanalynnn In the Brooder

    On a side note... Can two hens (a silkie and BR or polish, whichever turns out to be a girl) do serious damage to my lawn? It's hard to believe that they would.....
  4. ebaribault

    ebaribault Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    Antrim, NH
    My 11 week old chics like to dig holes for a nice dust bath. I can't wait to see the damage they will do at full size.

    Good luck,
  5. Timmo

    Timmo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    Did you see this little coop on the coop page here?


    I've liked that little coop since I first saw it. It looks like the plans are sold on MyPetChicken, too. I guess it's the same person.

    You could finish the exterior with any material you like, and the run is already attached.

    For just a few chickens, this coop looks perfect. And it's so small, it surly couldn't cost more to build than you would spend on the doghouse and an attached run.
  6. akanalynnn

    akanalynnn In the Brooder

    i DO like that one, but it looks a little extensive for the carpentry skills I have to utilize....
  7. Timmo

    Timmo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    Quote:You're crafty friend might be able to help. If not, have you checked Home Depot or Lowes for those little childrens playhouse kits? I know several people on here have used those as little coops, and I don't think there's very much assembly required.

    I'll see if I can dig up that thread for you.
  8. A Carolina Chick

    A Carolina Chick Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    My hubby and I are almost finished with the 8x8 version of Dennis' playhouse coup and it was very simple to build.[​IMG]
  9. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    I have dog houses as my coops. I have multiple runs/coops.


  10. Timmo

    Timmo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008

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