Old Bedframe Into A Tractor Coop (Lots of Pics!)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bluey, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Last year, we had an old wooden bedframe that I turned into a temporary coop until I finished building my "Churkey Loft" chicken coop. I basically wrapped the bedframe in chicken wire and covered one side to provide for shelter and put our 8 week old chicks in it.

    It looked like this:
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    Now that our alpha hen has hatched three new chicks, and they have been ready to graduate from the small brooder in the garage, I took the old temporary coop into the garage for a little bit of re-modeling. While I was at work, I let the Mom and babies get a taste of their future free ranging:
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    I stripped it down again and shored it up with 2x4s:
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    Then I lined the coop area with new boards:
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    Put a roof on it, access panels in the nest area as well as an entry door and wrapped the whole unit in hardware cloth and voila!:
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    Here it is now sitting besides my other coop. Mother hen seems to like it so far and now she won't have to deal with 4 other hens as she's raising her babies:
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    So, now the garage is ready for it's next batch of residents!
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    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Very creative Bluey [​IMG]
     
  3. punkin

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    That's a great recycling idea turned into a great tractor!
     
  4. Jen4

    Jen4 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    Munfordville, KY
    I like this idea...neat. We are getting our 1st chickens this coming spring and we need to make a coop or 2.
    I dont even know where to start [​IMG]
     
  5. Great idea, two thumbs up here!
     
  6. werblessd1s

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    Great recycling! Now I'll be hunting old bed frames. [​IMG]
     
  7. Saffy

    Saffy In the Brooder

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    That's a great idea! I used a twin bed frame for work bench in my shop trailer. I have a nice 4' work area plus the underneath is used for storage.
     
  8. erthymom2

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    Just think of the possibilities using bunk-bed frames!! I see scrapped wooden twin-bunk beds all the time and my wheels are turning with ideas as we speak - thanks for the insipration!

    I have picked up the fancy wooden headboard/footboards, painted them and cut them to fit and make benches out of them - never thought to use bedframes for coops.
     
  9. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    very nice! way to reuse!
     
  10. AimsChickies

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    Thats a great idea! I would have never thought of it!
     

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