From tool shed to Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TexasWineGuy, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    Options are always good, I'd leave the door on. Extending from the back might be the easy way to connect the run. Layout of the coop might be interesting to figure out. Maybe roost on one side and nest box on the other side... it does look like a shed I had when I lived in Pascagola MS.

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  2. TexasWineGuy

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    JT,

    Thinking about a possible roost poop tray, and the ease in which I could pull it out for cleaning. The easiest way, as far as my feeble brain can see thus far, is to have the roost perches in the dead center, which is where the door opening would be. Maybe I'm off on this thought. Not sure. Would like input.

    Maybe nest boxes, about 20" off the floor, along the "back" of the Coop, with some storage under the nesting platform. - ?

    Roosts in the center so a tray could be pulled out. Ramps to the nests along one of the sides, and possibly a ramp system on the other side for them to get to the roosting perches that will be high up. Than again, I may be way off.

    Thoughts?

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  3. HopeSprings

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    Try Amazon for hardware cloth -- I bought a 4'x100' roll much cheaper than anything local.
    I had two poop boards (2' deep) built with a 2x4 frame, removable plywood base covered with vinyl flooring and a layer of sand. The poop boards are against the walls.
    I found old windows on a local Facebook page for $3 each. These are single windows of a double hung set, so I had them hinged at the top to swing out and prop them open with a board or, in the case of the three that overlook the run, I can pull them open via cord run through eye-screws. The wooden window frames made it easy the apply hinges and security hasps.
     
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  5. sealer39

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    Those metal sheds can get too hot for chickens if the sun is on them even with good ventilation. I’m in the process of converting one myself and I’m about to buy silver board to put on the inside of the walls and roof. The white paint you used should help but put a thermometer in it before your chickens to make sure it will be safe for them.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I much the same but single panes were from sliders.
    Would be hard to do in the metal shed the OP is converting.
    You should make a My Coop page article here so you can link that instead of all the pics.
     
  7. HopeSprings

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    What about bolting a wood frame to the metal and setting the window in that? I know that there would be gaps, but wouldn't that just add to the ventilation?
     
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  8. TexasWineGuy

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    HS, that's exactly what I have planned. I have a way around the pleating on the siding material. Non-issue for me. I'm shopping windows now. Amazon has a "Chicken Coop Window" that comes with the 1/2" hardware cloth already installed. I'll probably put one or two on one side wall, then maybe a bigger window on the opposite side wall...

    Right now my main mental focus is on the design and layout of the roosting perches, and how I can set up the coop to be easily cleaned.

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  9. HopeSprings

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    Yeah, easily cleaned! That was my aim, too!
    I found two remnant pieces of vinyl flooring to put down on the floor and up the walls. Along with the floor window, cleaning the coop should be a breeze! (I hope!)
    The sand atop the poop boards is easily sifted tho my kitty litter scoop is a little too open; I need to find a finer mesh!
     
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