Steel,Resin or Plastic Shed turned into a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by homechick, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. homechick

    homechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am stressing out so much about this coop! I have considered giving my five chickens up because of how much building or buying a coop will cost and how much skill is required to build one! I was looking at wood sheds but they are so expensive! ARG!
    I have a question though, has anybody made a coop out of a steel shed or a vinyl shed or one of those resin (rubbermaid) sheds? Can you cut vents or a chicken door? Even with multiple vents, will they still bake in there? I live in East Texas.. can get very humid and hot here!

    Here's some structures I'm looking at converting.. if possible:
    http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=337977

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4764770

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4764757

    Let me know what you think! I've looked at all the coops on this site and yes.. they are really awesome... and no, I don't think I'll be able to make one that great! I need a chicken coop for dummies! [​IMG]
     
  2. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't tried any of these sheds, but I would think that of the three the resin/vinyl Rubbermaid shed would be less of a hot-box due to the hollow walls. I'd try visiting neighbors who have these types of sheds and seeing what the daytime temps are like inside.

    They are cheaper than wood sheds, but you can build a pretty decent coop/shed out of ply wood for much less -that's what I'm attempting. But that doesn't mean the metal sheds wouldn't work! Good luck with whatever you decide, I hope you get more feedback -and be sure to post your final result! [​IMG]
     
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Any coop is going to be an oven in our Texas heat, unless it is well ventilated. As it gets hotter, you will find threads about keeping our chickens cooler as the temperature soars.

    Don't give up though ! Check out the coop section on this site. There are a few shed conversions in it. https://www.backyardchickens.com/coopdesigns.html

    Also, The City Chicken has lots of ideas for building small coops and tractors.
    http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/index.html
    Look at the bottom of the page and check out their Chicken Tractor Gallery too.
     
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know that this thread is pretty old... but... did you do it (resin rubbermaid) ? How is it working for you? Am doing this right now so any input will be appreciated!
    dmb/mm
     
  5. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would vote for building it yourself. I am working on my coop with my DH and any other help that I can find and so far the cost has been under 300 dollars since we are doing our own labor. That is for a 4 foot by 8 foot structure which will house 12 to 20 chickens. For 5 you would not need anything nearly as big.
     

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