Finding Coop Plans (removable bottom)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by darkfall13, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. darkfall13

    darkfall13 Hatching

    Jun 26, 2008
    Hello everyone,

    Personally I'm not really into chickens but my parents are interested in raising some chickens in the backyard. My father wants me to find some plans that will hold around half a dozen chickens but has a removable bottom. He said he was interested in that particular design so that he could use the droppings as manure. I saw the Southern California Urban Coop on the site and that looks like something he was referring to. So does anyone know where I can find some plans similar to that or like I had described?

    Thanks so much!!! Hope this is a fun build [​IMG]
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:There was your 1st mistake, and why you haven't gotten a response in over 24 hours. But I gotta tell you, I wish more people would realize that they are "not really into chickens" before they get 'em!! You should be forgiven anyway since this chicken idea is your parents.

    The "removable bottom" is a bit confusing. If I understand the "Southern California Urban Coop" - it isn't just a shed with a dirt floor, which might be the best way for you to go.

    I've got a coop that requires a lot of scraping and sweeping to get litter out so it can go into the compost bin. But, I'll take a shot at sharing an idea that may be of some help to you [​IMG].

    Instead of a "removable bottom" how about a "removable top?" The floor would then be exposed for easy cleaning. With only 6 chickens, the structure doesn't need to be so enormous that a couple of guys would have trouble picking it up.

    To do a take on the SCU Coop scheme - you could start by building a sturdy table and using netting to to create a pen under it. (The pen could include more area outside the table but that would require covering with netting to exclude predators and keep your chickens in.)

    The pen should have a gate but the chicken entrance to the pen can be through a hole cut in the table top.

    Now, place a large, floorless doghouse on top the table. The door to the doghouse is your access to the interior and the feeder, nests, etc. The table provide a floor and the chickens can go up and down a ramp to reach the ground level of their pen below.

    Handles can be placed on the exterior of the doghouse coop. When it is time to clean the coop, the structure can be lifted off the table. Here are plans for doghouse that may be large enuf.

    The plans call for using only one sheet of plywood. The roof and floor is constructed from 1 x 6 fence boards. This may be okay for the roof but I'd build the floor (your table top) out of a piece of heavy plywood.

    Hope this helps and gives you some ideas [​IMG].

  3. clance

    clance Hatching

    Aug 10, 2008
    Here is a review of some good chicken coop plans.

    It will hold 6-12 hens comfortably.
  4. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    This is one someone on here has made. The bottom of it slides out. Maybe you could make a bigger version of this?
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Someone, I think, made one with a trap door on the bottom that dropped down to dump the litter.

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