Sheds- Plastic vs Metal

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ValerieZ1984, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. ValerieZ1984

    ValerieZ1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2016
    Clayton, NC
    Hello! I have yet to get my first chickens, Im planning on them next spring. I was considering 6-8 to start with. Looking at prefab coops, too expensive for too little. Building one from scratch is out my my abilities, and hiring is out of budget. I was looking into modifying a shed. Wood sheds are pricey, so that let me to the plastic/resin vs metal. Making windows, ventilation, and modifications like that are with my (well, hubbies) comfort zone. Which is better? I live in Clayton NC, and it can get chilly here, but minimally. The summer is what Im more worried about. I do plan on putting windows covered in hardware cloth on every side as well as ventilation, with shutters to close the windows for chilly nights. I also plan on putting near tall bushes and some trees, in a 10x20x6 covered dog run adjusted of course for safety. Here are the sheds I was looking at:
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Metal sheds would have to be insulated especially if you are subject to winter and below freezing temperatures. I never used a plastic shed for anything so I could not comment on any advantages or disadvantage they might have.
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    it will depend on your area

    since for my area when it's 115-120 heat.

    i'll not get a shed for my chickens.. even with ventilation

    plastic and especially metal will heat up pretty quickly in the desert heat.. and also pretty cold during the winter as well.

    unless you live in an extremely cold state.. you don't need insulation for your chicken coop.. i'm more worry about keeping them hydrated and cool in the summer heat around here then the cold of winter
  4. Birdydeb

    Birdydeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have bought the one in your first link and tomorrow morning we will start putting it up. Actually we will start the foundation and floor tomorrow. And we are using it for a duck house not a chicken coop. We were warned and are aware of the fact that it will heat up. Hubby will have a friend helping him and they will be doing a lot of framing with 2x4's on the inside in order to put windows all around it. Hubby's carpentry skills will allow for some massive adaptations but I remember a dog house he built one time and so yeah.....starting from the ground up was not in the cards. :) We intend to also put insulation and a roof vent. I also intend to paint the roof with reflective paint. It will be in the shady part(mornings till lunch) of the yard. Afternoons when the sun hits it, we are hoping the covered run I intend to put on the front of it will help. But yeah, I think we can make it work for ducks. They will have plenty of water sources to get wet. There are threads on here where people have made it work for the shade, under trees with PLENTY of ventilation.

    We bought our coop used from a farmer who actually loaded it up and brought it to us on a trailer. It is 6'x12. Nothing but nothing is going to be able to tear into that old wood, it is sturdy. We paid $200 for it and made repairs and some changes. You might look around and find something like that. A child's playhouse, big doghouse, shed....anything close to the size you want that might be adapted. I have to be honest and say that when we started searching for something for the ducks, nothing was available, therefore the metal shed.

    Eta: we will probably end up spending close to the cost of the shed to make the adaptations, mainly for plywood and 2x4's.
    Someone has a thread where they turned the plastic shed in your last link into a chicken house and it was actually pretty cute. Good luck....have fun planning! :)
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2016

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