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Our new coop - renovated a large dog house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CandiceN, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    We got this oversized dog house off Craigslist for free last month. It's about 6 feet tall at the highest, and the floor is 4X8.


    Over the past few weekends, we've renovated it.

    Next to our old coop. Quite the upgrade for the girls!

    We started by pressure washing it and using a shop vac to clean out the inside. Then we added split doors to make it easy to check on them/grab eggs without them running out the door. Also cut the chicken door.


    Put hardware cloth over the windows, and added a roost across the back. (We took the back wall off to make it easier to work on). The roost bars lift out so that we can get in there and move around if necessary.


    Added paint and plexiglass windows (which will be propped open during the warm months and locked shut in the Winter).


    Added a second roost, this one goes from the corner of one window to the opposite corner of the other. This one also lifts out for convenience.


    Moved the run over and attached it to the new coop.


    Inside the new coop - we put weed cloth down and then sand (we need to add more sand, but it's a start). Added the food and water dishes, and put the old roost down for them. We also have a nest box in the corner that I didn't get a picture of (we cannibalized an old side table drawer and made one), with a golf ball in there to hopefully show them that's where to lay when they start (they aren't old enough yet).


    The girls - checking out the construction [​IMG]


    And enjoying their new house!

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  2. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2011
    Northern Utah
    That is some great repurposing and you made it into a very nice looking coop.
  3. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    Beautiful! What a transformation!
  4. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Love it - great job! [​IMG]
  5. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Ohio
    Cool !!! I am sure they will be so happy with the added space.....Great Job!!!
  6. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow what a great find and [​IMG] great job on it.
  7. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    Great coop, thanks for the pictures!! You know, of course, your coop can hold a few more chickens...now you will need a bigger run [​IMG]
  8. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Thanks everyone! My hubby does good work [​IMG]

    Quote:We'll be adding to it in the near future, I'm sure [​IMG]
  9. 4Hchickenproject

    4Hchickenproject Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Wow! Awesome job!
  10. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    Awesome find. Looks good. [​IMG]

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