Expandable/Add-on Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by catcrazy37, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. catcrazy37

    catcrazy37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    Someone on here once mentioned they designed their coop so that they could make it bigger if they needed too (chicken math :D). How would that work? I'm thinking a more hallway-style coop, so you'd add on some length and then just put more roosts, nest boxes, etc. inside. But how to detach the wall and attach a new end to the coop?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I would ask them....or link that thread/post here, I would like to see it.

    I think it would have to be constructed and sited carefully, but would probably still take major construction to expand, especially the roofing.

    Best bet would be to anticipate chicken math and build a bigger building to begin with.
  3. catcrazy37

    catcrazy37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    Thanks for the response!
    I can't remember the post, unfortunately. Big coop seems to be the best option :).
  4. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Apr 1, 2014
    Longville, La
    I don't know your location or situation, but a "pole barn" style construction with a slanted roof is easily expandable. Adding on to a structure with a peaked or Gable end roof is a lot trickier. A slanted roof with corrugated metal roofing is easy to extend. I end up doing it to my workshop area every couple years. And you don't have to detach a whole wall to make an extension. Just cut out a large opening and frame up a "doorway".

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