In-Between Coop for Older Chicks - Budget Ideas?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cimmaron, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Cimmaron

    Cimmaron Chirping

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    I hatch small numbers of chicks throughout the spring and summer. Typically I sell the pullets at 2-3 months, but extra roosters stick around until they are big enough for butchering.

    The transition pens I used last year worked fine until the raccoons showed up, so I need to figure out something different - I have three ages of chicks living in my tool shed right now!

    Does anyone have ideas that are super budget friendly and predator proof? We have a plethora of racoons, foxes and raptors. And our summer nights sometimes get down in the 40's, so they need some type of shelter. Last year I had half their pen covered with a tarp, but they got bored and pulled the whole thing apart!
     
  2. Parront

    Parront Crowing

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    What do you think about using electric fence wire? I have had good results with it to protect everything from flowerbeds from cat poop, to chickens from stray dogs.
     
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  3. Cimmaron

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    I've thought about using hot wire, but the electricity to my chicken area isn't very reliable, so I couldn't depend on it. I tried a solar charger for my larger animals, but it was expensive and only lasted maybe two years. I guess I just don't do very well with electric fences :/
     
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  4. Parront

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    You might use a 12 volt car battery, that is pretty easy to swap out or charge on a low cost basis. The coons are as smart as a dog, one good zap and learning occurs!
     
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  5. JDN

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    How big are you thinking?
     
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  6. aart

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    Predator proofing takes good mesh which isn't cheap unless you can find it used,
    ( or get someone else to pay for it :lol: )

    Good question^^^
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  7. Henriettamom919

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    What's your ideal budget? And how many birds are you looking to grow out? Do you have a lumber company nearby? We built our big girl coop (which will be grow out coop next year when our walk in is done) using a lot of found/foraged/recycled pieces that were either free (local cabinet company has a free pile) or discounted from local lumber mill companies.

    If it's just a few birds at a time a prefab coop reinforced for predators works well while they're still little.
     
  8. Cimmaron

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    I'm in MT. I'm usually growing out 10-20 birds at a time. My ideal budget is $0, lol:) But I'm expecting I'll need to spend some money to get set up better. My main coop was set up pretty much for free as someone gave me a big old toolshed I converted to a coop and I was able to scavenge scraps of chicken wire, etc. The fence isn't very secure, but I lock the chickens inside the shed every night to protect from predators.
     
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    Used pallets are often free, good source of sturdy wood, if a bit short.
     
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    Maybe just a four sided shed style coop with reclaimed pallets as flooring? plywood for sides? That would end up being pretty cheap as you can usually get pallets for free somewhere!
     
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