Need Coop Ideas. I have 4 hens and a rooster

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hunterlauren93, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Hunterlauren93

    Hunterlauren93 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2011
    I need a coop for my chickens. What does yalls coops look like? What do you like about them What dont you like about them ? I have 2 barred rock, a Road island red, a EE rooster, and a buff orpington. If you have pics that would be great. Im trying to get ideas, right now they are in a hutch, with a 10x10x6 dog kennel as the run. they seem to like it, but i want something that will withstand the winter.

    This is the coop we use now, but we moved it away from the mud and they are now in a grassy area. near some blackberry bushes. This is made out of PVC pipe, and i will never waist my time or money building a PVC chicken coop. It does not work well at all. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011

  2. iloveu11

    iloveu11 Hatching

    Jul 6, 2011
    ummm hi i am new . i have two baby chicks and i am not a chicken expert .do u think i should buy buy them a chicken coop???????

    i always had chickens ,i dont kill them ,i love to raise them .i love chickens.... In fact my 2nd favorite animal is a chickens

    do u know where i could buy a chicken coop online??????? [​IMG]
  3. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Songster

    May 13, 2011
    New Jersey
    Check out the coops under coop design at the vety top of your screen. There's lots of great looking all different sizes. Many have pics from their building process. Good luck and welcome! [​IMG]
  4. KCLulamae

    KCLulamae In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2011
    DFW Texas
    I'm working on building a coop as well. I've got A LOT of good ideas from this forum and the Coop Designs section of Backyard Chickens. My best advice is to look around here. It's not the fastest way to answer your question but you'll get a idea of the pros and cons of all the different ideas there are out there. Good luck! -kc
  5. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    I've seen some pretty great converted dog houses and play houses, both of which you could search for on Craigslist and then retrofit. There are some so so houses available from Petco and feed stores or you can check your area Craigslist for a local chicken coop builder. There are just so many great options.
  6. 4Hchickenproject

    4Hchickenproject Chirping

    Apr 10, 2011
    I have a friend who has two hens she keeps in an old little girl's playhouse.Unfortunately, she just shuts them in there, day and night, and only goes in to feed and scoop out the eggs. [​IMG] NOT the way I want to keep my hens, but the idea of the converted playhouse really appeals to me. It would look great beside our house, painted to match!

    I took the cheap route... as we drove along main roads, back roads, in-town streets... everywhere... I had the kids keep their eyes open for anything that remotely looked like it would serve as a chicken coop. We actually found one beside someone's house, partially overgrown, and stopped to inquire about it. The tried their hands with "pet" chickens (2 roosters, kept together, no hens, in the coop 24/7), got rid of the rooster that survived (one got run over), an they wanted to coop out of their way. $75, and all we had to do was move it.

    FWIW, we've found lots of great things behind people's homes, things that look like they are no longer used and are in the way, and many times the homeowners will let us have it just to get it out of the way. We got a humongous Little Tykes playhouse, similar to this one, and a jungle gym like this (this is actually the exact one), FREE, just for hauling them out of the way.
  7. Ok, here is my deal of the century. I bought this shed on CL for $125 and converted it to a coop. When you walk in the grain cans are on the right with shelves above. On the left is a wall that comes down to around three ft off the floor (which alllows for storage underneath the birds). There is a door that is big enough to clean the coop out and tend the birds when they are inside. Straight ahead from that door is the pop door that goes to the ramp and into the run we added on. I also put a 2x4 perch across an entire wall with poop boards underneath for catching their messes. The coop stays really clean!

    I will have to get interior pics and add them. Here are the exterior shots



    Looking inside:
    Yup, they have a skylight!
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011

  8. Emily1220

    Emily1220 Chirping

    May 24, 2011
    Just be sure you can EASILY reach all areas of the floor for cleaning purposes!
  9. 4Hchickenproject

    4Hchickenproject Chirping

    Apr 10, 2011
    Quote:Awesome! You lucky dog -- er, chick! I keep watching CL, hoping to find a deal.
  10. pawsplus

    pawsplus Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    Quote:Check as many times a day as possible--search for shed, building, storage, etc. It took me several months to find my awesome $100 deal (which turned out to be just 3 miles from my house and some of the local bubbas moved it for me!), so it was worth the wait and the searching! [​IMG]

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