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Move it or build a new one...that is the question!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Young Farmer, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Young Farmer

    Young Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    So I havent been on her much as I have been super busy in the last year with my landscape company growing, and it has become the time that I move out of my parents house. (I am 20 years old) I rent a shop a town over from my parents now and the owner is building an aparntment above the garage that I will be moving into in December. Thankfully the landlord is willing to let me bring my chickens. My only problem is the coop. My current coop is 4x8 and in ok shape. The floor could be replaced and it could use a coat of paint. But is is kinda small. I will be living on 32 acers and have access to all of them, so I will be getting more chickens. So do I move my current coop or build a new one? I could beild one twice as big for around $4-500 and transfer the nesting boxes etc. What would you guys do? Thanks!
     
  2. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote build a new one and use the scrap from the old coop.
     
  3. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With that much land I would bring the old one for younger birds then build a new one for the others.
     
  4. Young Farmer

    Young Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats actually not a bad idea. My girlfriend asked me if we can get more. (I only have 9 now. I had 30+ at one point) and of course I said yes so I think building a new coop is on the agenda!
     
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  5. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    When it comes to building a larger coop, I always say "The bigger the better". Your chickens would be much happier and healthier with a bigger space. If you do decide do build another, build BIG. If you are going to be there for a while, build a 20 x 10. I am only renting my current property, so my 12 x 10 coop is on posts so I can move it with ease.

    -Cosmo
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Think about the expense of building a large permanent coop on land you don't own.
    Maybe look at finding a large trailer frame that you could build the coop on, then if you do have to move it in the future, you can hitch it up and go. Just a thought. Good Luck!
     
  7. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    That would work.
     
  8. Young Farmer

    Young Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Moving the coops would not be a problem. I have the equipment to move the buildings (1 ton trucks, flat bed trailer, and bobcat with forks to lift it up) But yes I have thought of finding a trailer to build the coop on. Any one ever done that?
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    advanced search>titles only>coop on trailer
     
  10. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    look up 'tiny house' on youtube/google. Same idea except its a coop and not a persons house.
     

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