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Metal shed to use as chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AshleyBickle, May 8, 2016.

  1. AshleyBickle

    AshleyBickle Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have a small coop, I have a broody hen setting on 8 eggs so we are about to begin to build a larger coop. However I have been battling chicken mites for quite some time. I've mostly got a handle of them on my chickens but the house is a different story. I saw this storage shed at mennards today and wondering if I should just go the storage shed converted chicken coop route.. It's larger and metal.. So I shouldn't have any issues with mites hiding in the construction ever again.

    I live in northern Michigan, so hot summers, cold winters.. So I don't want my girls to get too hot or too cold since this is metal. We would add another window and more vents. Anyone else have a metal shed that has worked well for them?
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a 4x8 metal coop had it for years. I insulated it with Styrofoam and cover the insulation with the veneer off of interior doors. Warm in winter and cool in summer with plenty of air circulation. Predator proof (as long as I remember to close up the doors) and rodent free. I kept as many as 26 birds in three level coop with no problems and they stayed in the coop all winter never venturing outside hardly ever. I scraped the metal doors in favour of hinged wooden door. Metal doors were impossible due to freezing litter in the tracks.


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  3. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It isn't ideal. I do use a metal shed in the summer. It is shaded some and ventilated, but I move them to the barn during the winter. Chickens do not really need heat, and can tolerate cold much better then heat. However they do need a wooden roost (that is my largest problem mine prefer the metal bar for roosting) and to remain dry. If you fashion some wooden roosts, and put the shedin a well shaded spot they should be OK.
     

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