Questions about a Little Tikes coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickp, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. chickp

    chickp Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have decided to get a bigger coop for my four girls after some good advice here, and found a very good price for a Little Tikes house that I'm going to pick up today and modify. I saw the awesome thread that someone put up about theirs and it was very helpful, but I am wondering about how to attach a run on to it and if it needs to be elevated. Also, would you all recommend a plywood floor or wire with pine shavings? Just trying to wade through all the info here! Thanks.
     
  2. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
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    Plywood floor covered with linoleum for easy cleaning, plus, if I could, I would build a run entirely around the playhouse and make it taller than me for easy access. You can put netting over the top of the run.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm working on another one right now and will be redoing the others soon. I recommend raising your floor and putting it on plywood with vinyl flooring. So much easier to clean.

    As for attaching it to the run, I've done it 2 different ways. One is attached by sinking large eyehooks into the pop door area of the coop.

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    I then attach the eyehooks to the chainlink with "hog rings"


    With the other one, sorry not a good picture

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    I framed the pophole inside and out and then sandwiched the chainlink between another frame and the coop. It's not coming apart.
     
  4. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine on tiled plywood and have it on rollers to move it around. It would be more secure in a covered run.



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  5. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine on tiled plywood and have it on rollers to move it around. It would be more secure in a covered run.

    hey! i used to have that yellow play house!! Now it's my niece's! When she gets older maybe I'll take it back!​
     
  6. chickp

    chickp Out Of The Brooder

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    The yellow one is exactly the one I got! Still not quite sure how we're going to do the run, but we have a bunch of free 2 x 4s if we want, so we may just make a frame with that and use the pop out door with a ramp. Do you all leave the big door open so you can get in to clean it? I have seen one with a sliding lock on it but it still opens.

    Will go for the plywood with linoleum, sounds like the best choice.

    And has anyone painted theirs with that Krylon stuff? I was sort of thinking about it for the outside....
     
  7. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:hey! i used to have that yellow play house!! Now it's my niece's! When she gets older maybe I'll take it back!

    Grab it!! I love mine and bought another one that I have to modify soon. I don't have them in that for our cold winters rather they go into one of the unused garages with a little heat. These are only summer ones combined with a run as they are pretty small to have the door closed on them all day.
     
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Toast'n Jelly :

    Quote:hey! i used to have that yellow play house!! Now it's my niece's! When she gets older maybe I'll take it back!

    Grab it!! I love mine and bought another one that I have to modify soon. I don't have them in that for our cold winters rather they go into one of the unused garages with a little heat. These are only summer ones combined with a run as they are pretty small to have the door closed on them all day.​

    That's the yellow playhouse in the 2nd pic, lol.

    The 2 in the picture are about to go through overhauls. I liked them at first, but over the last couple months I have realized how small they actually are. I love them for convience. Just need a bit more work to make me happy.
     
  9. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    When I was considering doing one like that I was going to get a garden cart off of Craigslist and building a plywood base onto it. Then creating a slide out floor and putting the playhouse on top of that. Attachable run panels that simply screw together and onto the playhouse so I could move iteasily but be secure when still.
     
  10. Mushroomman1856

    Mushroomman1856 Out Of The Brooder

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    I also have a Litle Tikes play house as a coop It is the girls gingerbread style. I find it is nice and easy to move and now that the girls are starting to lay I bolted an old wooden tool box just below and inside of the the back window makes it easy to check for eggs. The girls got a little out of hand the other day and messed up my neighbors flower bed so..... I built a moveable fenced enclosure on the spot. I want to make it a little easier to move in the comming weeks I have the ideas in my head to convert that playhouse into a durable and nifty chicken tractor. All I really need is to purchase two 2x10s that will alow me to move it like a third class lever I have all the other stuff I need. MM
     

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