Short term solution that might turn out to be okay! - new coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SheltonDHW, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. SheltonDHW

    SheltonDHW In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2009
    Shelton, WA
    I got my chickens today! 3-4mos old.
    1 Australope - un-named
    1 Barred Rock - daughter named her Zoey
    1 Easter Egger - 3 yo named her Polly
    1 Buff Orpington - I named her Purl (I like to knit)
    The problem was I didn't have a coop.

    My son (now 13yo) had a playhouse that he NEVER used, so I new that would be their temporary home. My husband went fishing and was expected home tomorrow. (he didn't know I was getting the hens yet). He has been busy lately and with times the way they are, money earned has priority over a coop.

    Well, My neighnor asked me what I was up to when I started dragging lumber from our scrap pile. I told him and he said, "cool! I have a couple hours, lets get going!"

    Thanks to the greatest neighbors IN THE WORLD, my playhouse is now a coop! Tomorrow I will make the run, but for now they are safe and secure in their new home. It isn't fancy, but I have to admit, it works great! My husband will have to "tighten" things up a bit to take care of the drafts before the cold weather sets in, but that should be it, maybe some more roosts, I might re-do the nest boxes. I think they are too high, and not deep enough, but you can't look a gift horse (free help) in the mouth.

    Here is a link to some picures:
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    Thats a pretty nice coop. Your son had a nice playhouse. I was thinking one of those fisherprice plastic ones haha.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  3. Garlydog

    Garlydog In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2009
    Joliet, IL
    That is a nice coop!
  4. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Hi - Welcome to BYC's from Olympia.

    That's a really great space for your girls and what a great neighbor.

    I would strongly recommend to get hardware cloth over that window ASAP. Go check out the Pest and Preditor section to read up on all the folks who have lost their birds due to preditors getting in through chicken wire.

    Common knowledge here that chicken wire keeps the chicks in but not preditors out.

    I would also put in more ventilation.

    Enjoy your new girls.
  5. chaoschicken

    chaoschicken Cackleberry Crazy

    Jun 23, 2009
    Washington State
    [​IMG] from the other side of Washington.

    Very nice coop.
  6. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
    Great job! What did your husband think when he got home and saw what you had accomplished? [​IMG]
  7. gotpoodle

    gotpoodle Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Central Mass
    I love this!
    Great neighbor, too! [​IMG]
    Does he get free eggs for life?! [​IMG]
  8. SheltonDHW

    SheltonDHW In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2009
    Shelton, WA
    SimplyFourties - He was not very happy [​IMG]. Not about the chickens, but that I cut into the playhouse he built. I told him that technically, our neighbor cut into it, but he didn't find that funny.

    This is going to be very temporary, until he builds one. He just needs to find the time. Luckily, nothing but the hen door can't be undone. We can cover the hen door, though.

    Maybe I should just buy a coop and save the frustration and time. Then all we would need is a run.

    My bubble has been popped.
  9. muddypuddles

    muddypuddles Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I'm so sorry that DH didn't like it![​IMG] It looks perfect for your girls.

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