Need to build a cheap coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenlover02, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. chickenlover02

    chickenlover02 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 23, 2015
    So recently me and my sis got 2 chicks mine is about a teen now and my sisters was killed by a hawk yesterday ( we r getting her a new one) we need to build a cheap coop. We were thinking of some pallet wood but does anyone else have any ideas.
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    For 2 chickens you could check your local freecycle or trade style publication and look for a free dog house and just add a couple of perches and build a small run for them to attach.
  3. chickenlover02

    chickenlover02 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 23, 2015
    Thx dude
  4. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you buying a new chick or a new pullet? If you buy a new chick it will have to be put in it's own brooder away from the older girl. The pullet would not accept the newcomer right away, and being a chick (which is WAY smller than the pullet) would likely get it killed. I suggest either buying a same-size pullet or two from fair (and keep them sepperated for a few weeks so any illnesses can become apperant) and then let them live in the same coop sepperated by wire for a few more weeks before taking it away.
    Or you could buy two or three chicks (they don't brood well alone) and start integrating with wire when they are close to the same size as the pullet.
    A cheap coop is usually a coop that used to be something else. Doghouses, playhouses, pallets, sheds, furniture... the list is long. Make sure when you build or modify the coop to build a:
    ) waterproof roof,
    ) plenty of ventilation (as high on the wall as you can get it, and a copula from Home Depot is great too),
    ) a nest box for later,
    ) a roost (2x3's, 2x4's and tree branches are good roosts- keep them a foot off the ground or more),
    ) and calculate the floorspace- make sure each chicken has at least 4 square feet of space. This does not include space taken up by feeders or waterers, or nestboxes.

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