moditified pvc greenhouse plans?

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

  1. honeybunny

    honeybunny Out Of The Brooder

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    i was wondering with a few improvisions, i could use plans for a cheap diy greenhouse for a chicken coop+run combo for a flock of 20-25.

    www.doorgarden.com/10/50-dollar-hoop-house-green-house


    I'm not sure what wire I would use, although we have tons of spare wire laying around. About 1/3 or so of the coop would be an actual "coop" with a tarp covering the top and a wire wall with a door separating the coop from the run, the rest would be just grass and the front would have another door. Maybe i would invest in some electric wire around the whole thing, as well.

    just wanted to post for some ideas, advice, insight etc. c:
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Two things to consider:

    Hoop houses are highly likely to blow away in a windstorm, so if you get winds at all I would not do it unless you have fixed the problem.

    Also, only 1/2 inch hardware cloth is predator proof. So rats and weasels can get in through the welded wire and chicken wire holes, and they kill chickens.

    Raccoons and dogs can rip through chicken wire like it isn't there. Apron out along the bottom or bury your hardware cloth (google hardware cloth apron) to prevent diggers from entering. You don't have to bury the apron and some use it on chicken tractors.

    I hope this helps! :)

    Oh I thought of one other thing...you want your nest boxes dark to prevent egg eating.
     
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  3. honeybunny

    honeybunny Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm... we dont get that much wind over here, and I will add some sort of floor to part of the coop and i can always figure something out to make it sturdy.

    Could I use welded wire? Hardware cloth is quite expensive and i would have to use tons of it. I already have some welded wire around, too, and could use some electric wire to discourage any evil curious critters lurking about.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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