Thinking about a new coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by asfalothgem, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. asfalothgem

    asfalothgem In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2007
    The coop we have now is way to big for 4 ducks and 5 chickens. It used to hold about 100 chickens or so and we bought it. It is so hard to keep warm in the winter and now the floor os starting to rot out. We need a new one. Going to start contruction on it soon hopefully. We are hatching some chicks so hopefully we will have about 10 chickens instead of 5 *fingers crossed* Does anyone have an example of a small coop that is easy to heat and ventilate? I'll post a picture of the current one in a while. It's big enough that my horses have been in it before! I just hate seeing them cold and winter is on it's way.
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Have you thought of just partitioning off a corner, that way when the BUG really hits you can just move a wall and double your size, dont know if that is doable with what you have but if so it would be cheaper than starting over just to get smaller
  3. asfalothgem

    asfalothgem In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2007
    Yes i have thought about that but the thing is really old and filthy and i would rather just build a new one and the floor boards are starting to give out now
  4. asfalothgem

    asfalothgem In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2007

    here it is in the winter. Like i said i could probably get about 10 ponies in that thing! we dont have that big fence anymore
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    That's a nice shed still, even if the floor boards are going. I would fix it up and at least use it for storage. I would love something like that.
  6. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    I too would fix up that floor - partition it off and use part for the chickens, and part for storage of their food, bedding or even garden tools!
  7. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    We have redone our cement block shed ((I didn't want to I wanted a really cute coop)) but, I am glad I listen to DH!!!

    We put a new roof and I had to dig out old marter between cement blocks (I forget what they are called) and recement! lots of work, proubly cost just as much as a new one!

    but, in long run I think we were better off ((after 4 months and still not done))

    Looks like as good bones to start with!!!
    I would put wall up (use deep litter to keep warmer)

    we also get taxed on each shed on property so next year maybe well add on:lol:
  8. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    ummmmm......cant you just get more chickens? [​IMG]
  9. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    NW Florida
    Quote:LOL, that would be me. I would LOVE to have something like that, dirt and rotten floor and all.

    And I'd love to have space for more chickens too [​IMG]

  10. ChicksinBoise

    ChicksinBoise Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yeah, I agree with the others. That shed is completely worth saving IMO. I would repair the floor and save it for sure. This does not even account for the $ and time you would be saving.

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