Simple hoop coop / tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GoAngels, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. GoAngels

    GoAngels Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally got started on my hoop coop. It was originally supposed to be a tractor, but I'm starting to think it might be too difficult to coordinate sprinklers and a tractor in a different position every day. It is 8 by 5 and I plan to cover it with welded wire and shade cloth (I live in Southern California and cold is not really an issue. I have 2 RIR and 1 EE, but I am trying to stay on the DL because I'm not sure my HOA would approve.



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  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice start. Don't forget you'll want to provide shelter from the rain. Chickens do need to be able to stay dry and out of drafts even in mild winter temperatures.
     
  3. GoAngels

    GoAngels Out Of The Brooder

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    Just need to add a roost and the nesting boxes. Total cost for the frame was only about $15. The hardware cloth ended up costing about $50 and only because I had coupons for home depot.

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    I painted the PVC to make it last longer in the sun. The huggies box is just what we use to take the pullets outside in the morning and inside at night. They'll probably spend all night outside with a heat lamp starting next week.

    The entire front and back of the coop are doors with hinges on the bottom so it fully opens up. They did not close as tightly as I anticipated, so I had to improvise with bungie cords (with carabiner attachments). The bungie cords are actually very secure but my wife as a hard time taking them off to open the door.
     
  4. PiedPiper

    PiedPiper Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey nice job on the tractor/hoop house! I have the EXACT same design and it works WONDERFULLY....I hope you enjoy yours as much as my 8 hens and 1 roo do!
     
  5. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Job! [​IMG]
     
  6. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a run made like this for a small coop and I LOVE it. it was simple to build, practically free because I had all the frame materials except the wire but I got that pretty cheap. I have a total of 45$ I think into my coop and PVC run...I want to get some tires to put on it and make it into a tractor so I can move it around my yard, still looking for the tires, probably going to give in and buy some new - lol.

    great job! Glad it is working for you!
     

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