suncast shed as a Hen house?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stormylady, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I have contiplated building my own hen house but being slightly olderish single woman, I decided to just purchase a shed, I really like one called the suncast shed, it is made of resin, has windows and a skylight also a resin floor, My question is this, I can renovate it so to speak to some degree, however Im concerned about the material it is made of? Would it be healthy for them to live in a coop made of resin? I'm Assuming it is like a hard heavy plastic. thanks so much. and by renovating I mean putting in vents for air circulation and a pop hole nothing to major and of course the regular chicken furniture (nest boxes and roosts} Thanks so much!
     
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'll have the same problem with a plastic shed that I have with my metal one... you can't attach anything to the walls, like roosts and nest boxes.

    Because my metal shed doesn't have a floor, I was able to pound some posts into the ground. You won't be able to do that with a plastic floor, so be sure you know how you're going to build out the inside before you make the purchase.

    Other than that, I think plastic (with windows) is a better option than my metal... it's better insulated, so will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

    Kathy in Texas
     
  3. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are concerned about winter-proofing, think about where you'll locate the coop. Perhaps, against another building or a fence... My less-than-perfect coop is a cinderblock building. I lucked out, in that it's positioned out of the wind and it is surrounded by thick trees. I also piled straw inside and out for insulation.
    What we do is we try our best. It's usually good enough. [​IMG]
     
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  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I built my first coop and bought a metal shed for my second coop. MY third coop is going to be built this spring and it will be wood. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
     
  5. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    Thank you for the reply , as far as the nest boxes go, I was going to make them free standing, also the roost was going to be made out of 2 by 4s and made kinda table like, also free standing , sort of like a pallet on legs , with every other board on the pallet removed . and the feed and waterers were going to sit on blocks on the floor if I cant figure out how to hang them , But the pictures I was looking at showed that there were slots (not sure what there called ?) on the walls that you could put shelf supports on for other things. the size is a 12 .5 ft x 10ft. I was concerned about the material because, stupid as it might sound, a woman or man whoever wrote the review of the shed said they could live in it if not for the material it was made of , and In my little mind I thought toxic! LOL! So anyway, do you think the material would hurt the chickens. Thanks again.
     
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:why do you think you cannot attach anything to a metal wall?

    use screws and washers..

    or screw a piece of board or plywood to the wall and attach your nests to that..

    run your screws through from the outside into the wood you want to mount..

    getting the idea??
     
  7. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    Thanks for all the replies! The shed and the run will be under a big old shade tree and surrounded by privacy fence. The run is 10x20 converted dog pen reinforced with hard ware cloth. I was going to build a wood shed and then got to thinking about all the work, and money it would take , and concidering I have no experience in building anything, and I live in the city, I thought it would be better to just go ahead and buy one that would be sturdy and nice to look at, Also Im single and work full time just didn't think I could go that route, Just hope this works , but if I don't I will still have a nice shed in the end. and the chickies will just be house guests till I can figure out something else for them LOL.
    Thanks again
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Do you have any pictures of the shed? Where there is a will there is a way.
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    You have well though everything and I don't see any problem with using a suncast shed. Good Luck with your birds.
     
  10. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    I don't know how to post pictures on here. And thank you OPa!
     

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