Old Playhouse to Hen House :)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by l1sagayl3, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. l1sagayl3

    l1sagayl3 In the Brooder

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    Before we leaned all about chicken math, I ordered a coop kit from amazon thinking we’d only have 3 hens. Well now we have 7 and there’s just no way they’ll all for comfortably. Because they will free range during the day and sleep in their coop at night, we really didn’t need something huge.

    I found an old playhouse for free on a local Buy Nothing group and am currently in the process of converting it. It’s not quite done yet but I did want to go ahead and get a thread started for it!

    A couple of disclaimers:
    We used Rustoleum 2x because it claimed to bond to plastic but, we have had a few places it’s scratched off. We also live in Oklahoma so the weather here is wild and we can experience all 4 seasons in a week so there are no promises on how long it will take for me to get it outside and assembled.

    Before: A45CA418-61EB-4315-AD93-428AA35FE342.jpeg

    After painting and attaching hardware cloth to doors & windows:
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    I still need to get locks for the shutters/door, find a cute little door knob and figure out what to do for flooring and put in a roosting bar/nesting boxes.

    More to come in the coming weeks!
     
  2. Angeline1978

    Angeline1978 Songster

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    That is awesome! Great idea!! Definitely show us more as it gets done.
     
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  3. chickie22

    chickie22 Chirping

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    Cute!
     
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  4. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    How did you add ventilation? Is your coop finished?
     
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  5. JDN

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    She wouldn't need to. She just put HC on the doors and windows.
     
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  6. l1sagayl3

    l1sagayl3 In the Brooder

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    Yes, this is correct! I just put hardware cloth over the doors and windows! It is done! And it works perfectly for us. They free range during the day, so this is just a sleeping spot. We just used a slide lock on the door.

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  7. Great job! :clapIt's super cute.

    I have a Victorian playhouse for my kids...and I fantasize sometimes about the day I can evict them and move some chickens into it haha. Kids in a tiny house are adorable but chickens in one are just beyond! :love
     
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  8. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Ok. Because I modded a plastic playhouse for my ducks. I am having rain issues. I left a gap at the top for ventilation. The side windows are open, but I made overhangs to keep the rain out of those windows. How does it not rain in if you have it totally open? My ducks don't mind so much, but if I had chickens in there, they might. ;)
    My playhouse is different than yours, but has similar windows.
     
  9. VyeFye

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    I don't understand why you left a gap in the roof if you have windows? Would the windows not provide adequate ventilation? They are not a glass/plastic window, just open, correct?
     
  10. VyeFye

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    I asked my daughter if we could use hers for chickens and she said no. She's almost 4. I'll try again next year.
     

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