Found a coop on Craigslist for $ I bought it :P..

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Lyongirl, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Lyongirl

    Lyongirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2010

    Our Boxer volunteered to be there for size comparison [​IMG]


    nest boxes on side


    It needs a little fixing up and we are going to paint it so it'll be prettier but I'm so excited about it! I thought that was an amazing deal for such a large coop in such good shape.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  2. shadowman

    shadowman Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 18, 2010
    Great deal! time and material would cost you a lot more than that!
  3. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Great -- awesome -- find! But, how did you move it?
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Good find! The run itself is huge, but the actually wooden coop looks small (holding only about 4 or 5 hens), or maybe I'm not reading the photo correctly.

    To keep your hens safe, I'd line the lower 5' of the existing chickenwire with hardware cloth wire. Dogs can rip though chickenwire like it was nothing. And raccoons can reach in a put a chicken's foot through and eat it while the chicken is still struggling inside.
  5. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Quote:Agreed! The materials alone are worth far more, great find!

    BUT in no way, shape or form is it predator proof, especially because there is no interior coop section that can be locked up at night. Chicken wire would only be a minor annoyance to any raccoon, dog, etc as they ripped through it on their way to your sleeping chickens. You'll need to reinforce all of those wire walls with hardware cloth.
  6. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Nice find. Agree chicken wire has got to go. It doesn't stand up to predators well at all. The tin and framework though...GREAT deal!
  7. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    Wow, what a find! [​IMG] If I found something like that for $50, I'd be thrilled. Good for you!
  8. Lyongirl

    Lyongirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2010
    In Arizona we have to have high ventilation coops so that's why there's no "interior chicken coop". It just gets so hot here in the summer (120 F) that they would cook if it was enclosed. The dogs won't be allowed near it without supervision, they only go out back to go to the bathroom, but we will be adding smaller chicken wire around the bottom and fixing it up so it's more predator proof.
  9. Lyongirl

    Lyongirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2010
    Our backyard also has that 6 foot concrete fencing completely around it, and a canal behind us so there's not very much desert wildlife besides scorpians and spiders that make it in our neighborhood. Our biggest concern was the hawks that fly around
  10. Lyongirl

    Lyongirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2010
    Quote:I didn't hehe [​IMG]. 2 very strong men (my husband and the guy who sold it) brought it back behind the fence through the canal on a trailor and then used the fencing to slowely lower it and stabilize it. It def. wasn't easy! The guy was awesome for helping us put it where we wanted. There's a door to the left that you can't see but we are going to move it to the front because we wanted to tin to face where it's facing now for added shade..since our yard gets LOTS of sun.

    Thank you everyone! I'm way excited about how cheap it was! There were lots on craigslist in similar style that were way smaller selling for 125-300 normally so this was exciting for me!

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