Small coop ideas needs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Coop Lanson, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Coop Lanson

    Coop Lanson Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there! I do have some time but would like to get a start on it since the general search has turned up limited. I have two chicks and two ducks. Because of the law here I will not be keeping anymore than that at a time. The plan is to have a coop for the chickens and a house for the ducks within a 10wx10lx6h outdoor dog kennel. I will have it secured with chicken wire lined inside and the top will be covered. I have found a great dog house for the ducks and building a door and painting it is as far as my "building" skills will go.

    So the reason we are here, I need to find a chicken coop that is just a coop! I do not need the run attached since it will be within the kennel and because of the size of it I wont need anything huge for them to just sleep in. I also plan on letting them out of the kennel sometimes because I am closed in with a 6ft privacy fence.

    Where can I get a small 2 chicken coop that I don't have to spend over $100 for?
     
  2. Sweetman

    Sweetman Just Hatched

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    Hello I think I have what you need. My 3 girls are too large for my coop...I think it might be a great fit. It's less than a year and in great shape! Are you still looking? I have pictures
     
  3. Coop Lanson

    Coop Lanson Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I am!!! Thank you for the reply!!!
     
  4. Sweetman

    Sweetman Just Hatched

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    I can't seem to get the pictures onto this thread....just saw where you live...I'm in Denver Colorado this may be an issue
     
  5. Coop Lanson

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    Oh yeah shipping would be ridiculous, thank you though
     
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  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    For just two chickens, why not just use another dog house - find a largish wooden one on sale on Craigslist and modify it - cut out the back and hinge that piece you cut out to make a clean-out door (add a latch of course) - cut out a rectangle of ventilation - add a roost??? To conserve run space, you could screw four 2x4 legs (about 18" tall) onto to make it elevated... Food could go underneath to help keep rain out...???
     
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  7. Coop Lanson

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    That does sound like a good idea thank you! I was thinking of roosting space and nesting and knew chickens needed more than ducks so I didn't think I could achieve that with a dog house.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well...with just two chickens, a large doghouse should be fine...hopefully you can find one about 36"x36" or so...that would be 9sq. ft. Most recommend a minimum of 2-4sq. ft per bird, depending on whether you're in an area that gets winters or not, so that would cover it....take out 12 inches for a nest box (unless the house is tall enough inside to wall mount a box). Good luck! Post pics if you go that route - always love to see conversions!
     
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    http://louisville.craigslist.org/for/5530688008.html

    You might need to cut/paste this link...this is just an example of what I found on Craigs List in my area...big, and the opening is large enough to be used as a clean-out door...I'd open a pop door on another side. Keep your eyes out for something along these lines.
     
  10. Coop Lanson

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    Big help thanks so very much
     

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