i need to build a coop for 30 rhode island red laying hens (HELP!!!!!)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RockyPhoenix, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. RockyPhoenix

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    okay so im kinda on a limited budget but i dont want it to look like a shack something nice but not like victorian fancy house........ya kno like a chicken coop......well oobviously it has to house 30 laying hens and possibly more (ill probaby be wanting more...lol) any ideas (you can post pictures...tht would be very helpful!!)

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  2. BroomFarm

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    Rocky,

    After going through all the work of building a chicken coop from scratch and then seeing my neighbor convert part of his barn for much less time and money, I would do what several folks on here have done and by a used mini-barn to modify into a coop. For 30 birds, I would suggest no less than a 10' X 12' unit and 12' X 12', if you can find it. There is a place near us who always has a few for sale, but 12 foot square is pretty big.

    If you can get the mini-barn cheap enough, I would recommend putting in a concrete pad for the floor. This will make securing it from predators and vermin a lot easier.

    When you decide what you're going to do and start building, be sure you share with all of us! Good luck and happy coop-building! [​IMG]

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  3. tomato lady

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    I have only had chickens a few months but I am on my 2nd coop. Here is my 2 cents worth for your consideration.

    You need to figure 4 sq. ft. per chicken, so 10 ft. x 12 ft. would give you room for your 30 chickens. If you are like me, and I think many chicken people are, you will need more room soon. I started out with a coop for 12 chickens. Before long I found myself with 31 growing chicks. Oops! So, if you have the room, plan bigger rather than smaller.

    If you can do it, I would make a coop you can walk into. It makes cleaning and taking care of the chickens easier.

    Allow for lots of ventelation. I put windows in my second coop. I got them free from friends who were changing out their windows. My first coop has open spaces covered with wire for ventelation.

    Start salvage operations -- wood, glass, wooden boxes (make good nest boxes), just about anything. Talk to friends. You might be surprised at what they have that they don't want. I even got a free door one time. What you can't use on this coop you can save for your next one. [​IMG]

    Accept construction help from anyone who volunteers. It is a big job.

    Most important of all, have fun! [​IMG]
     
  4. tomato lady

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    Quote:Good thought on putting in a floor. I had a dirt floor in my first coop and my dog dug a hole under it and let my chickens out. Fortunately, he didn't have a taste for chicken -- that day. I put put a wood floor in mine right away.
     
  5. domino7

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    Yes, Talk to people. Tell them you need wood. By the time I was done I built a 8x24 building for less than $300.
     
  6. RockyPhoenix

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    wow you guys that is a lot of useful info!!! thank you so much!!!
     
  7. domino7

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    [​IMG] My $300 coop.
     
  8. RockyPhoenix

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    that is like a chicken dream house do u have any plans??? can i see them??? or pix from diff angles and inside?? THAT IS SOOO COOL!!!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. domino7

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    Thanks, the chickens are happy with it, but really it's nothing special at all. I didn't have a plan. Have you looked through the coop section? There are some great coops in there.
    I just started building. It has a floor made from 2x6s and covered with OSB. I don't know that I reccomend the OSB, but it is cheap and I was trying to keep costs down. I did try to keep everything level and plumb.
    I even got the paint at a surplus store for $5 per gallon. It started out as just a simple 8x16 rectangle, but I had materials left over so I added the 3 sided storage unit 8x8. I got the dog kennels on CL for $80. They were 2 8x6 kennels.
    I really have NO building experience, but once I got started it all just worked out, so go for it. I had that window in the garage for years. Unfortunately it doesn't open, but lets in great light. I also got the roll roofing for free. That's why it's 2 differant colors. You can only see that from my second story window, which is where I took the pic lol. I started telling people that I needed wood and couldn't believe the response I got.
    I even got free screws and nails lol.
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  10. RockyPhoenix

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    thts awesome!!! i have a large coop rite now (800sq feet it is 80 years old.........no joke) it was already there when my dad bought the farm and its perfect but i dont have any pix.....
     

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