Thief proof chicken coops

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickadee Cards, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Chickadee Cards

    Chickadee Cards Hatching

    Jan 22, 2015
    I am going to Vietnam next month to build some chicken coops at an orphanage, to provide a self-sustaining source of protein. The problem is that thieves have stolen chickens in the past.

    I am looking for a movable chicken coop that is theft resistant.

    Any ideas?

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry you have had this trouble in the past. I am not sure what you can do about this. But I wish you luck and getting it all figured out!
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined.

    I'm not completely sure how to make a very secure coop that people cannot break in to. You may want to have locks on the doors or open parts. You may get more answers to this questions if you post in the Coops section: Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance

    I hope you can find the answers you need!

  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I also don't know how you would protect a portable chicken tractor. If it was a permanent dwelling, I would suggest an alarm system & cameras. Even electrified fencing if neccesary and allowed..
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    The other posters have given you some good advice already.

    Good luck with your coop building!
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

  7. AmericanKraut

    AmericanKraut Songster

    Jun 2, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I would suggest bringing locks and latches with you from here in the US. I'd go to a higher-end bike shop that sells Trek and Cannondale bikes, etc, and will sell locks that are bolt-cutter proof. You can probably find them on, too, just check the reviews. Next step would be finding latches they can thread through, but then someone can always just unscrew the latch, so it'd probably be good to put the lock around the actual gate itself or with a chain. Maybe even use chain link fence in addition to hardware cloth so no one can just cut the hardware cloth and take the hens.

    To secure the actual coop, I'd again get a big heavy chain and the bike lock and secure to a permanent fence, cemented ground auger, or building when it's not under a watchful eye.

    For a moveable coop, I'd search "chicken tractor plans" on google. There are a lot of options out there. Here's one ConvertiCoop, also called Chicken Arks, but I think they say it fits more hens then it does. You could always make a fleet of them.

    Here's some more:

    I hope this helps! Wishing you the best in your travels and with all you're doing for the orphanage.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!

  9. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!


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