Newbie Needs Advice re: COOP DIMENSIONS, Please Help?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Couchmo, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. Couchmo

    Couchmo Chirping

    Jul 17, 2015
    Couch, MO
    I'm finally moved (mostly) into my new house and am loving it! Now I'm ready to start building a home for my chickens. I've researched breeds and would like to have about 10-11 hens & 1-2 Roos. I figure with chicken math, that could easily put me up to 15-16 birds at any given time. Besides, I'd rather give them more room than they need. They will be in a moveable tractor with as large a run as I can handle. Does that equate to a 64 sq ft base? Possibly 8' x 8' x ?' high for the coop part? How high/tall is yet to be determined but probably 6' so we can walk-in. Does this sound like it would work well? What materials would you suggest that would be strong but lightweight for the construction of the coop part and/or the run? Any particular recommendations on wheel systems? Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice. Y'all are great!

  2. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    You are correct about needing at least 64 square feet. 8x8 is a decent sized coop, and may be too big and heavy to move by hand. But a coop on skids could be moved by a lawn tractor. I would make the skids out of 2x4's with both end rounded up so they won't dig in when being moved. I would build the coop out of 2x3 framing, as this will save weight and money over 2x4's, but still be big enough to drive nails or screws into without splitting. Another option would be to build the coop on a trailer. A used 6x10 trailer would work, you could even use a Harbor Freight 4x8 trailer under a 6x10 coup.
  3. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Building an 8 x 8 x 6 high movable tractor will be heavy if you want it to be a covered coop. Tractors to be light are just day use items made of light netting and chicken wire. A frame of wood or metal. To be a coop, it is possible, but needs to be strong, so as to be resistant to predators. That equals HEAVY. IS THERE A REASON YOU NEED A TRACTOR TYPE COOP??? If you need something movable, can I suggest getting a travel trailer and converting it into a coop. These can be had for low price to free on older models. All you need to do is modify it. Not sure what your circumstances are and how much work you are able to do yourself. Here is a link to a thread of just something similar.

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