1. chicks44

    chicks44 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2009
    Could anyone give me some suggesstions on a good, safe, starter coop? My husband, three young kids and I are new to this, but really want to have chickens. He is going to build us a coop, but there seem to be so many design options. We want something attractive, easy to clean, and inexpensive to build. I have been looking around for some ideas, but I am not sure. We want to start with 4-6 chickens. I really want to do this, but I have to present my husband with an easy, manageable coop and run so he will build it!![​IMG]
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you want to "start with" a few chickens but think you might get more in the future, then I can virtually guarantee you WILL get more, possibly LOTS more, in the future [​IMG]

    Unless you want to build a large shed right away (with the attitude that it can be used for other purposes if the chicken thing poops out after a while), I would suggest building a tractor for the summer, with the idea that by Fall you will have a better idea what your longer-term needs will be and build a permanent coop *then*, before winter. (Unless you live in a very mild climate; I'm not going to even guess where 'Acton' is, as there are a bunch of 'em <g>). Tractors are not the greatest thing to have to winter chickens over in, in a "real winter" climate. It can often be done, sort of, but it is not ideal.

    (e.t.a. - alternatively, you could convert a corner of a garage or garden shed, and add a run, and live like that for a while [​IMG])

    Good luck, have fun, welcome to BYC, now go get some chickens [​IMG],

    Last edited: Mar 30, 2009
  3. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    [​IMG] If you are buying all the materials from scratch, the least expensive is the tractor. But, as patandchickens said, if you live in a cold climate, it won't be good for winter. I have a friend in NW Washington state and her chicks can stay in the tractor year round. She just moves it around the yard so cleaning is not an issue. In Indiana, that won't work.

    There are some really neat small coops. Hope you find the right plan for you.

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