Shed for a Coop??

dcaple001

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Anyone made a shed a coop? Looking at buying a metal shed and just turning it into the coop, it would be much more weather resistance than a built wood one! Pictures if you have converted your would be much appreciated :)
 

HenOnAJuneBug

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Some metal sheds are so cheap a new one is really not that much more expensive than a used one. I paid $115 for both of these on Craigslist (one for $75, the other for free, but it required $40 spray paint for rust). Connected both with a 55-gal plastic barrel. The only hassle is cutting ventilation holes.

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aart

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Looking at buying a metal shed and just turning it into the coop, it would be much more weather resistance than a built wood one!
Welllll......maybe.
Might depend on your climate, they can be ovens and condensation creators....
....and they can be harder to retrofit for chickens unless you are good with cutting and fastening metal.

Here's some threads about metal sheds:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/39085518/?q=metal+sheds&t=post&o=relevance&c[title_only]=1

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proudmommie31

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I got one free off Craigslist.
I removed one piece on each side and two in the back (8x10 shed), no cutting involved just didn’t snap those metal sheets back on when assembling. My husband made simple 2x4 frames in each area we removed a piece from and we covered the frames with hard ware cloth. I painted the top with uv reflective spray paint. It was no hotter In there then it was standing next to it during the summer. It’s now no colder in there than it is outside, no condensation building up anywhere and snow is already flying. We saved the metal pieces we removed and screwed them on over the hardware cloth on two of three sides now that it’s winter. It works just fine with no issues and the chickens are healthy and happy.
 
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aart

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I got one free off Craigslist.
I removed one piece on each side and two in the back (8x10 shed), no cutting involved just didn’t snap those metal sheets back on when assembling. My husband made simple 2x4 frames in each area we removed a piece from and we covered the frames with hard ware cloth. I painted the top with uv reflective spray paint. It was no hotter In there then it was standing next to it during the winter. It’s now no colder in there than it is outside, no condensation building up anywhere and snow is already flying. We saved the metal pieces we removed and screwed them on over the hardware cloth on two of three sides now that it’s winter. It works just fine with no issues and the chickens are healthy and happy.
Got pics?
 

proudmommie31

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Here’s screenshots. I’m not at my computer right now. This was when we first put it up, before the run and the snow. Now we have covered two sides back up with the metal we removed. I live in Michigan and we’ve got snow already. Ventilate it well, find a free one if possible and go for it :)
Anyone made a shed a coop? Looking at buying a metal shed and just turning it into the coop, it would be much more weather resistance than a built wood one! Pictures if you have converted your would be much appreciated :)
 

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HenOnAJuneBug

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Here’s screenshots. I’m not at my computer right now. This was when we first put it up, before the run and the snow. Now we have covered two sides back up with the metal we removed. I live in Michigan and we’ve got snow already. Ventilate it well, find a free one if possible and go for it :)
That's the way to do it. Remove a panel and frame the opening with wood. The metal is real flimsy and not good for supporting anything, but when it's all together the sheds are rock solid. if you're concerned about heavy snow loads, some 2x4s or 4x4s placed under the rafters as columns should keep it from collapsing.
 
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