PVC Coop and run ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Darklingstorm, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    For free plans on a PVC runs and coop check this site out.


    I've looked at them and with some modifications, I'm going to try the Portable Poultry Pen for an outdoor run for my new chicks. I was looking for something that is light weight to move around and still offer protection and separation from the other chickens but still be able to enjoy the weather. It will be a little before I build it but will take pictures and post them.
  2. spotstealer

    spotstealer Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    Thats where I got my plans from. I modified the greenhouse plans. It worked great, was cheap, and held up to 60-70 mph gusts in a recent storm
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2011
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    If you want to just contain birds, it should work but if you have any predators, you would be better looking on Craiglist for a chainlink dog run and top / skirt it for security or going with wood & welded wire
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
  4. LePetitePoulet

    LePetitePoulet Hatching

    Jun 30, 2011
    Have you worked out the square footage yet? I am thinking about using their large complex plan. Which one are you modifying?

    Please keep us posted on how it goes!
  5. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Northern NY
    Thanks for sharing that link. Didn't think pvc was strong enough to make most of that stuff especially the beds. Definitely gave me some ideas.
  6. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Songster

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga. I like it I might try incorporating it into my new Bantum coop.
  7. stilldeb

    stilldeb Songster

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    We make our pens out of PVC - 10' x 10' with a square roosting area in the middle that they love. We tarp it over the top and also anchor it on the sides because we sometimes get 80 mph winds and are on top of a hill. We have had some horrendous storms and they have taken a beating and hold up very well.

    deb g
  8. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    I actually found this idea online and I'm going to use the idea of the PVC coop construction and modify it. Since I'm going to use PVC, I won't need the wheels. The tarp will cover the whole backside not just the top (protection from wind & sun), I'm going to use hanging feeder & water, the door will actually be one of the roof sides (easier to gather the chicks).

    I'm calling this my chick daycare run. And with just a slight modification later, a brooder ground for a hen and her chicks. The dimensions planned are 4' long, 4'wide, 2' side posts and it should be around 4/5 feet at the peak. The temperatures here are in the upper 90 to lower 100 so with some care, the chicks should be fine outside during the day. I don't have much of a daytime predator problem except for my own dog (soon to be re-homed) and my adult chickens. I haven't quite got all the kinks out yet, I need a way to hold it down so that the wind doesn't take off with the run. Thinking extended side bars that can slide through brick holes.

    For those concerned, this is a work in progress and no I'm not going to leave the chicks outside for very long periods of time or at night (when most of our predators come out). But if you have a suggests, please let me know.

  9. Krunchy

    Krunchy In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2011
    I like that one where did you find it at?
  10. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    Quote:I don't know, I was going to give the designer credit here but couldn't find it again. Will try to find it again and will post where if I do.

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