Hoop Coop Sleeping Box Ideas Needed

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JenBirdRansom, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm moving my birds from one place to another and I have built two hoop coops. In their old coop they had a nice big coop to go into every night and it had the sleeping roost and the nest boxes inside. In the hoop coop I plan to use milk crates for nest boxes, but I'm kind of drawing a blank as far as a nice cozy place for them to go in to sleep at night. If I put a roost up, and just kind of enclose it on 3 sides with the front open is that enough shelter? It gets to about 25 degrees on a cold night. We have a rare colder night than that here in the foothills of Mt.Rainier but its not like we are in the cold Midwest or anything.

    What are your ideas?? Pictures?? I'm using all reclaimed wood because that is what my budget allows. [​IMG]
     
  2. The Farm

    The Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pvc pipes in my tractors to keep it lite.
    I did put cup-lings on both ends to keep the air from blowing though and chilling there feet.
    Goo Luck!!!
     
  3. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weight wasn't a concern for me. I wanted a sturdier coop. The end is covered on the first one I built but it seemed so dark in there.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd just attach each end of a 2x4 wide side up to the cattle panels a foot higher than the nest boxes.

    They should be fine unless there's a wicked wind blowing thru there.....they need ventilation tho too.
     
  5. oldcampcook

    oldcampcook Out Of The Brooder

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    On my hoop coop, I cut a piece of plywood to attach to the back end for the winter. In your case, two screws at each end of your horizontal brace should be enough and would be easy to remove in the summer. I left the top open for ventilation and cover it with a plastic table cloth if it gets really cold, like it is now here in Oklahoma.

    I also have a 6x8 tarp that I drape across the front at night to help retain whatever heat is available.

    Bob
     
  6. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you want something easy could use straw bales. I am in the midwest a nd have one coop that their enclosed area is just six straw bales. Three sides stacked two high and two roots bars stuck through the bales and they do fine with this. Blocks the wind and gives them a shelter inside the run. After about a year i change them. Use the old ones for compost.
     
  7. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take a look at the hoop coop link in my signature. Considering you have already built the run, you could just add a small coop to the back of it. I built ours for no cost using all reclaimed wood. [​IMG]
     
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  8. The Farm

    The Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks sweet.
     
  9. JenBirdRansom

    JenBirdRansom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you happen to have a picture?
     
  10. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'll take one today if i dont freeze walking to the coop
     

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