Need REALLY simple small coop/brooder box ideas for a novice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Shellyb, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Shellyb

    Shellyb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I am wanting to make a 4X4 or 4x5 simple box design coop either for banty's or brooder coop. I am soooooo not handy it's scary but I'm really determined to get this done. I want to make it out of wood since I've got a lot of recycleable materials from work. Hubby doesn't think we "need" another coop but I know better [​IMG] I want it functional, small, and decent looking. Pics would be very helpful. Thanks!
     
  2. featherbaby

    featherbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go to the BYC home page, click on 'coop designs', then go to 'brooders'. There are some simple enclosures there that might give you some ideas. Good luck.
     
  3. hipeatall

    hipeatall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a couple of predator proof brooders based on this article... http://www.motherearthnews.com/Hands-On-How-To/Poultry-Pen.aspx
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    built them by myself and I'm not very handy. I used 1/2" hardware cloth for walls, top and bottom... we are out in the country so rat snakes and raccoons are a big concern. I added oil cloth to a portion of the top and sides for shade and shelter from the weather. Honestly, I think they turned out pretty darn cute. I can take and post some pics if you want to see them.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Try CL. I got this cute little dog house, made a few modifications, built a little platform for it, and it was done. When I'm finished with it (I bought it for a temp coop for two pullets I picked up), I'm going to advertise it back on CL for a banty coop...
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  5. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I just "finished" building one that is 4' x 3'. I used all recycled wood for it. Everyone has agred that it's turned out really nice considering my materials. I just moved the igger babies out of the brooder into it and they're loving the extra space, so it's working well for now as a brooder too. I have put off cutting the windows because of moving the babies in & still have to make the front door but for now it's just got a piece of plywood blocking it off so nothing can get in/out.

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  6. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shelly.. someone on our local Craigslist has a rabbit hutch for sale. You could just add some plywood to the sides and have a coop in an afternoon.
     
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    This is one my DH made yesterday for our new pea-chicks he built it on a pallet and i can move it with my tractor forks but 2 people can pick it up.

    We had everything here so it did not cost a dime ,all the material except the screws were recycled

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  8. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like those ideas. I want to build 5 or 6 simple utilitarian shelter boxes to put in my 1250 square foot pheasant pen. Nothing fancy. the one on the pallet was perfect, except it must be heavy and I don't have forks to move it around. Nice coops though, liked the ideas very much.
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:we used a pallet that was very light weight, so it is not that heavy, you can walk it from side to side,put it on some poles and roll it or two people can pick it up.
     

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