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New guy with a question about small coops

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by XxSteve007xX, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    So I guess you're thinking of using it as a chicken coop? Do you want to use this as your primary coop or more like a moveable tractor? How many and what breed of chickens do you have (or plan to get)?

    Some more information would be helpful (to make sure know what your questions are).
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  3. XxSteve007xX

    XxSteve007xX New Egg

    Feb 24, 2016
    Yeah I have a tight budget of 100 and I only plan on two dominickers. I was going to move it around the yard like a tractor and let them free range when i can keep an eye on them. I was wondering if it would be sufficent? Thanks for the replys.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. IMO it would be ok for 2 birds. I'm not sure if its feasible for you, but a used garden shed would give you a lot more space and flexibility for expansion in the future.

    All the best
  6. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    I would get three chickens. Because God for bid if one dies you will still have a pair. Chickens don't do well alone.
  7. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    I personally think that would be way too small. Look into PVC hoop tractor coops. You could make them for just a little money.
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    It's a bit tight on coop space but if you don't have more than 2 chickens, you'll probably be ok. If you go this route, you'll want to figure out a way of anchoring it at night so digging predators can't get inside.

    As an almost free alternative to the coop, you might want to check into pallet coops. Pallets are free at some places (we get them at a hardware store) and with a bit of hardware and elbow grease, you can make a bigger coop.

    Good luck to you, whichever way you go, I hope it works out well for you!
  9. Dracana

    Dracana Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2015
    North-Central Ohio
    Hello! Welcome to BYC!

    I'm concerned about using this for a coop, even for only 2.

    The dimensions of the 'coop' part are only approx 1.5'x2'. That's only around 3 sq ft of space for both your birds to share. 4 sq ft per bird minimum is what is suggested.
    Also, chickens really should be roosting when sleeping. This coop will not allow any room to put in a roosting board of any kind. And where will they lay their eggs when they start?

    I think you would be better off following NorthFlChick's advice and look into building something with free pallets.

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