Our first DIY coop conversion

Ohkari11

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My husband wanted chickens so guess who spends all their time worrying/obsessing about every little detail about keeping them healthy and happy. Hint: not my husband. Read up on turning playhouses into coops so we started looking for one. Wasn’t sure if I wanted wood or plastic so I just looked until I found one that seemed to be the size we wanted.

Once I started cleaning it, the easy and fast conversion turned into a two month project with the rain here being a big hindrance.

We got a wooded house that was stained instead of painted so I sealed up the spaces between the boards and painted it with some leftover paint we had in the shed. I used Black Jack rubber coating on the floor, perches, nesting box and 8” up the wall. To make it easy to clean, I’m using boot trays under the perches.

Covered the windows with plexiglass to keep the wind and rain away from the girls and the space under the eaves are about 3.5-4” wide for ventilation. In the summer I will take the plexiglass off some of the windows if it gets too hot in there but being in the PNW not sure how that’ll play out.

We turned their old coop into a run but plan on building a bigger one in the spring. They spent 4-7 hours a day running around our yard anyway.

We have 3 Aquilla chickens. Any tips etc are always appreciated.
 

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rosemarythyme

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It's very cute but I don't see the ventilation. Is it on the two sides where the bottom of the roof meets the walls?

I'd definitely consider removing all the plexiglass, replacing with hardware cloth, and maybe building small awnings over the openings for rain protection. That'll add a lot of ventilation as as a general rule we don't get cold enough here for cold to be a concern.

Agreed that you may need to drop the nests to the floor if the birds start sleeping in them/not using them. Roosts might be too close together/too close to walls but hard to tell from a glance - you want at least 12" clearance from walls and 12" from roost to roost (horizontally) to prevent birds from pooping on each other.
 

Ohkari11

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Oct 6, 2021
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Love that roof!

What are the dimensions?

Only thing I see right off the bat is the nests should be lower than the roosts or they may sleep in the nests and poop in them.
Love that roof!

What are the dimensions?

Only thing I see right off the bat is the nests should be lower than the roosts or they may sleep in the nests and poop in them.
My chickens were all squeezed into the nesting box on the first night and I moved them to the roosting bars and they’ve never been back to sleep there. I’m knocking on wood right now cuz my hubby’s patience with changing stuff is lacking and I’m not too skilled at using the saws yet.

The dimensions are 44x50 and the roof is tall enough for me to stand up in so around 66”.
 

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