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Newbie's quick coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wdchickens, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Wdchickens

    Wdchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    So my mother surprised us with chickens on Christmas Day, as my wife posted in another thread. We were unprepared to say the least. So I scrambled to come up with suitable housing with low expense and little time. So I managed to get a shipping crate from work, convert it to a coop and put it In our unused dog kennel. It's not finished yet, but working outside wasn't fun today, as it rained non stop, and only got to about 40 degrees. We used vinyl tile inside, and I made the coop so the one side folds down for clean out and egg harvesting. Due to weather I was not able to paint it, but I'm hoping the kennel roof protects it for a while. I also have to add some roosting bars, nesting boxes, and put chicken wire over the gable ends of the kennel roof. Hopefully tomorrow. This coop wasn't my best work, but it should work until spring when I can make a nice one.

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  2. sandovaljose214

    sandovaljose214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its still preety
     
  3. Tacswa3

    Tacswa3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Nice job for such quick work. My run is from dog kennel fence, works just fine.
     
  4. AnomieAcres

    AnomieAcres Out Of The Brooder

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    Cute, and some use and subsequent analysis/modification can make it functional.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That'll do for now!
    I'd pop a couple more vents in there.
     
  6. Wdchickens

    Wdchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    the picture doesn't really show it, but there is another vent on the backside, and I'm hoping with the door open all the time during the day it will get sufficient airflow. What do you think?
     
  7. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks good! You may want to throw something on the roof. I realize the run is covered but it looks like any rain driven on the roof is going to puddle & leak inside eventually.
     
  8. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    Great Job! Especially on such short notice
     
  9. Wdchickens

    Wdchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I ended up putting chicken wire over and gaps I could find. Nothing should be able to get in or out now. And I did end up putting a couple foam insulation boards on top with some rolled roofing over that. Hopefully will trap a little more heat and keep any moisture at bay. I doubt it will see much rain. In the location I put it, the house and trees block most hard driving rains. But there are the occasional spring storms that come in hard. At least what water that does land on the coop I can sweep off.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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