Outhouse/potting shed coop build

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tazman7, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. Tazman7

    Tazman7 Hatching

    Jul 30, 2014
    Good morning,

    My wife and I just bought a house in the country and on our property is an old outhouse/potting shed that we would like to make into a chicken coop. The only problem is I do not think it is big enough the way it sits so we would need to build on an addition. The size of the coop right now is 5'3" x 4'3" on the outside and interior dimensions are 4'5" x 3'5" so we are only looking at 15 sq ft in the interior. We are planning on getting around 6-8 chickens but have a feeling we will end up with more due to my wife wanting to adopt some along the way.

    We would like to repurpose as much as we can and do this for as cheap as possible, so my thoughts are to cut a hole in the left side, add a nesting box and a window, put a new roof on and fix the door.

    Just trying to gather some outside input on ideas to make this work with a small budget

    Thank you.

  2. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    That is a darling building, I think it very nice. Yes, for the number of birds you wish to keep you will need more space, and then perhaps some more. The BYC rule of thumb is 4 square feet per bird in the coop, and 10 square feet in the run. So you should consider using this as a baseline in figuring out your new construction needs.

    Oh, and welcome to BYC!!!!

    If you have a moment, please look at this thread, I believe it can or will help you with your project. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...-go-out-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop

    Best to you and your new hobby,


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