Rubbermaid shed to coop conversion ;)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hockeymom74, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. hockeymom74

    hockeymom74 New Egg

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    finally finished this. Thanks to you ladies at BYC for giving me the shed conversion idea. Now for the ladies to start laying!
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  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks nice!! what kinda birds u got?
     
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Good job! I like the big run too.
     
  4. hockeymom74

    hockeymom74 New Egg

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    Thanks. We have 2 RIR, 2 barred rocks, 2 New Hampshire reds, 2 black Australorp, 2 EE, 1 light brahma, 1 buff polish, 1 buff Orp, and what I think is an Egyptian fayoumis and one other I can't figure out. Got 15 back in end of jan from My pet chicken. Couldn't wait to get them out of my basement but we've had so much snow here in VA, haven't been able to til this past week.
     
  5. hockeymom74

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    I like the big run too because I can walk in there. Was really hard building a run on uneven ground but we made it work. Covered head to toe in hardware cloth and I have the scars to prove it. If I never see a piece of wire snips again, it will be too soon! Was a fun project though for myself and my two boys. We learned a lot!
     
  6. cityturncountry

    cityturncountry Out Of The Brooder

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    This is awesome, do you think this would work for winter? I really want a walk in coop but don't have thousands to spend and my husband works too much to take it on as a project. I'm not that handy, so if this shed would work this definitely would be doable.
     
  7. hockeymom74

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    Yes, I think it would work fine for winter. The shed has plenty of windows for ventilation for summer too. We used the plastic windows that came with the shed for half of them and then put hardware cloth on the other windows. I like the idea of using a plastic shed because you can hose it out for cleaning. Our shed took about 3 hours to build and we are not handy. The Rubbermaid sheds are super easy to assemble. We screwed the run into the shed and used a doggie door for the chicks to get in and out. I love being able to walk into the shed. I think it could work for you. The shed was much easier than the run to assemble. I got the idea for the shed from a thread on BYC.
     
  8. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome birds! if you post pictures of the ones you aren't sure about we may be able to help :)
     
  9. HISIRISHGEM

    HISIRISHGEM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi There, We have a rubbermaid shed and would like to convert ours. It was by the grace of God that I saw your post. The windows that came with your shed I see your using. Ours are plastic and screwed in. You can't open or close them. Do yours? I see where folks tell us to make sure there's air going through so they don't die from the acidic poo. We live in CNY near the snow belt. There is no wiring to the shed either. We're doing is it the lasagna method? The hay on the floor put down regularly and it's supposed to keep the girls warm. It's our first time so we're hoping we're going to do this right. Can you share some things you did to convert it? I see you used a doggy door. Do they have any issues going in and out without getting caught on the doggy door? May I ask where you bought the boxes for laying eggs? How is the vent near the door? On ours there is a screen and it "looks" like it could let air in, but I'm not quite sure. What could you share that will help us convert our shed into a coop before the end of Spetember for 8 hens?

    Thank you so much!
     
  10. RollerDerbyLexi

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    I'm about to convert a 8x6 tuff shed. Do your birds poop on each other sleeping with your ladder? I have 8 chicks and 4 are going to be Big GIRLS. I'm wondering how far apart my rungs need to be.
     
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