How I Remodeled a $35 Chicken Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Je33ieg, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Je33ieg

    Je33ieg Out Of The Brooder

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    I have just started my chicken journey and was lucky enough to find a two story chicken coop for sale on Craigslist for $35! Granted, it needed a lot of re-wiring, new wood, paint and removal of rusty nails. But here is what I ended up with:

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    I must say, this is one of the best deals I have ever gotten for $35!!
     
  2. FeatheredFreind

    FeatheredFreind Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is great! You could also wire the bottom and have it 3 levels. That would allow your birds to get grass and bugs and all the dirt baths that chickens love to do.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Awesome deal! I don't know if you get cold weather there but you can also put up some plastic sheeting over the sides to give them more wind protection if desired.

    I have used clear plastic sheeting from the paint department at Home Depot (also used plexiglass) to enclose some hutches - they should have no drafts on them when they sleep or it takes the warmth from between the feathers. Airflow up high in the coop is good- so the area over their heads should remain open. It is very cheap to use sheeting and lasts all winter. Then I take it down for summer.
     
  4. Je33ieg

    Je33ieg Out Of The Brooder

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    @FeatheredFriend -- I thought about that, but have been letting them free range for now. I may do that in the future!! :)

    @ChickensAreSweet -- That's an excellent idea! I am in the upstate of South Carolina (the coldest it gets here is MAYBE 28 degrees; but hey, that's freezing to us!) I have been wondering what the best thing to do for the cold nights would be (without it looking tacky) and I think the plexiglass sounds like a great idea!
     
  5. KingR0o5t3r

    KingR0o5t3r Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need any changes to that if 28 is your annual low
     
  6. Je33ieg

    Je33ieg Out Of The Brooder

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    really? i was worried that would be too cold for the chickens.
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice! Chickens are much more cold tolerant than heat tolerant. You do want to provide a draft-free, ventilated area for sleeping. If it is breezy in cold weather a wind break might be a good idea.
     
  8. KingR0o5t3r

    KingR0o5t3r Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^^^ this is true. I just wrap a tarp around my coop on any night that it gets below freezing(which is only like a week or two)
     

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