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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DreadedMoonMama, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. DreadedMoonMama

    DreadedMoonMama In the Brooder

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    I want to make a second coop for housing my babies-4mo or so (old enough to start eating layer feed). I have to do it as cheaply as possible, and also as simply as possible as my husband is going to be out of town and I have 3 small children to take care of. I currently have 4 standard size chicks, and I'm expecting another 5-6 bantam chicks and another standard in the next 2 weeks. What size should I make? I keep seeing all these neat repurposed coops with things like old dressers and dog houses and such, but I don't know that any of those will work for the number of chickens I have.
     
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  2. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Songster

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    I used an old truck cap or topper. Built a frame 2 or 4 foot off the ground set the topper on the frame wire in the frame. Use the door on the back of topper to feed and water.You can build a loft across the back to roost in and keep them off the ground. It works ,and not permanent.you can move it or take apart later.
     
  3. Kara515

    Kara515 Chirping

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    Wow, great idea!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. DreadedMoonMama

    DreadedMoonMama In the Brooder

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    I ended up finding a giant cabinet (like kitchen cabinets) for $45 because they had no countertop, no drawers, and no doors. I'm going to put screen over where the drawers would be for ventilation, using a recycled door ($7) for the roof on recycled hinges so I can open the roof to clean the coop. And marine paint ($5) for the outside for waterproofing. :)
     
  5. DreadedMoonMama

    DreadedMoonMama In the Brooder

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    Figured I'd update with some pics. :) Today I got the "legs" on the coop and got the nesting box installed.

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    Nesting box from the outside (still needs roof)

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    Nesting box from inside
     
  6. DreadedMoonMama

    DreadedMoonMama In the Brooder

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    It's finished and occupied!!

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  7. FreedomLover

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    Very creative! I love how inovative people on BYC can be!
     

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