Trying to Convince Friend to Get Chickens-Easy Coop Ideas!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by new2chickens2011, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. new2chickens2011

    new2chickens2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi y'all,
    So I have almost completely convinced my friend to get some chickens. However, he doesn't have a whooole lot of time, money, or experience for coop building. But he's super excited for farm fresh eggs and really loves my chickens!
    I need some of your easiest but good coop ideas to show him that would work for probably around three hens.
    Thank you!!!!!!
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Hoop house from cattle panels, 2x4s, zip ties, tarps, welded wire. Easy to build, cheap materials, easy to expand upon, lightweight for moving, ideas for finishing the inside are only limited by the imagination.
     
  3. mtnhens4

    mtnhens4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The "Chicken Coops for Dummies" has a really cute and easy 4x4 coop that was relatively inexpensive and easy for beginners plus a lot of great tips for building. Have fun :)
     
  4. Jaxon4141

    Jaxon4141 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Beekissed. Hoop construction is not only light weight, but very sturdy and easy to make. I built a hoop coop and runs from 2"x4" fencing and ended up with 500 sq. ft. of usable space for a little over $400. I can move all of it by myself, which means I never have to clean out a chicken coop again. When thing get ugly I just move them into better pasture.
     
  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    http://www.thegardencoop.com

    Take a look at the Garden Ark. One draw back to going too cheap is that he might get in a situation where the coop is not really functional. That could lead to some frustration and sour him on chickens. The ebay coops are one example, they fall apart after the first rainy season.
     
  6. Jaxon4141

    Jaxon4141 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not about how cheap a coop is. It's about how strong it is, how big it is in sq. ft.,how movable it is and how much safety it provides. If you buy one of the premade portable ones you get around 80 sq. of space and it is not very light. If you make one yourself and don't make too big of hoops (say 2' high for the runs), then for the cost of a prebuilt you can have 250 sq. ft of space if you want. If you build the runs in pieces, then they only weight ~20 lb. This picture is of a seven unit system I built. It has 175 sq. ft. of usable space. You can build it yourself with only zip ties and wire cutters and you can plop it down anywhere you want and the chickens will be safe.
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    It's hard to see each piece of the run in this picture, but were the stone are laying is the junctions of each run piece.
    If you go here you can better see the junction of each run in the snowy picture.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-of-landscaping-around-your-coop#post_8511725
     

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