Pre-Fab coop? Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chavira777, Mar 15, 2015.

Which one should would you choose?

Poll closed Mar 18, 2015.
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  2. Coop B

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  1. chavira777

    chavira777 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey flock friends!

    My hubs and I have 6 chicks about 1.5 weeks old right now. We're trying to figure out what type of coop to go with. Maybe you more seasoned chicken folk could help in the decision making process?

    We found this one on Craigslist.
    Coop A:
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    Chicken Coop Dimensions:
    Outside Dimensions:
    112 in(L)x42in(H)x43in(W).
    Outside Dimensions Without Nesting box:
    112 in(L)x42in(H)x28.7in(W).

    Total Run Area Is About 76.4" long x 16.4" deep.

    It's hard to tell if this would be sturdy enough for our ladies. Or if it'd be enough space for them, if we'd also be turning them out into our yard on most days.

    This is the other coop that we have our eyes on, that seems better suited to us, but is more expensive. It's made by a gentlemen who makes awesome coops near us in Orting, WA. He has one that is 6' tall so you could walk in, i love love love that one, but couldn't spend the $ on it now.
    Coop B:
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  2. devinf65

    devinf65 New Egg

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    If you go with B, I would ask for a poop board or maybe see if he'll put in linoleum. It can really help with the clean-up.
     
  3. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most of these type coops have very small runs. It makes me sad to think of six hens in small runs. The coops MAY be fine (the second coop is likely better made than the first; often the pre-fab coops have limited life spans due to the quality of the wood used).

    I always suggest dog kennels for runs instead of these type of runs. For example (what we made for my son and he has four hens). These are quite easy for two people to put together:

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    And our first coop and run (right now seven hens):

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    Matthews coop for his four hens is 4 x 4; ours is 4 x 8.

    Gail
     
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first one is smaller than 3x4. Too small for 6. The 2nd looks like about 4x4, again too small for 6. Think outside the box when cruising CL. There's a ton of options out there that with a hammer, saw, time and imagination can make a fun coop.
     
  5. chavira777

    chavira777 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies all! Good things to contemplate! I think we'll likely nix coop A from the list!
     
  6. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chavira777 Out Of The Brooder

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    We've been on the lookout for playhouses as well! I couldn't tell from the photo how big this house was. Thanks for the idea! :)
     
  8. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shoot them an email. There was also a 4x8 playhouse listed. It was plain and boring but nothing a bright color couldn't fix.
     

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