Urban Coop Ideas Needed

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SunshineSteedFarm, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. SunshineSteedFarm

    SunshineSteedFarm Seramatching Equestrian

    Aug 18, 2009
    Georgia
    I am in need of some ideas for a coop in the suburbs. I know what I want, but I dont have a clue on how to make plans for it. So if anyone has any pointers/pictures/ideas for me that would be great! I have looked through some of the coop designs here on BYC, but I thought asking here would point me in the right direction. [​IMG]
    I am thinking if a coop that is...

    -Pleasing to the eye
    -On the cheaper side, doesnt have to be dirt cheap though.
    -Easy/Quick to build
    -On the smaller side of things, I dont have to be able to be in the coop.


    Thank you so much! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built this in my backyard. The nighbors love it. They like the chickens too.


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    I'm not finshed yet. I kind of lost my focus when I moved the chickens in. [​IMG]
     
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  3. ecopepper

    ecopepper Out Of The Brooder

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    We did a dog house type and a rabbit run for the run.....Then we decided to make it less long and put the coop on top of run and added a ladder for them.....just remember that you will add and change your mind a thousand times....Then we wanted more head room and opened the top and added another roof.....I will see if I can get a picture....we are in Orlando and in the city so we keep it clean small and simple....2 Rhode Island Reds....
     
  4. SunshineSteedFarm

    SunshineSteedFarm Seramatching Equestrian

    Aug 18, 2009
    Georgia
    chick farmer- What a cute coop! I love the green! [​IMG]

    pepper- Sounds like neat coop! Cant wait to see pics! [​IMG]
     
  5. ecopepper

    ecopepper Out Of The Brooder

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    Old design

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    New one

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  6. SunshineSteedFarm

    SunshineSteedFarm Seramatching Equestrian

    Aug 18, 2009
    Georgia
    What an adorable little coop! [​IMG] Was it expensive to make?
     
  7. ecopepper

    ecopepper Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine wasn't bad at all....we figure with the changes it was 150.00 at the most...the wire was pricey!!
     
  8. ddhburns

    ddhburns New Egg

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    I bought a coop from mobilechickencoops.com, put solar panels on the roof, a marine battery inside, and used that to charge poultry netting, which is really easy to move around. You can move the netting, the coop, or both quite easily. I'll see whether I can dig up some pictures. The owner, Josh Hudgins, is a super-nice guy and knows tons about chickens; he'll custom build any design or kit you want.
     
  9. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's my urban coop. It is in the medium coop section of the coop pages, but I would call it small. I keep 4 chickens in it. It wasn't hard to build, and I used a lot of recycled materials, including used stuff I bought at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. There is a detailed list of how much I spent and what was new vs. recycled on my page. Sorry, no formal plans though.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=20741

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    However, I would recommend the playhouse coop that is the small coop index picture for the Coop pages if you need good plans. It would be easy to recreate. I know there are lots of plans out there for it and it wasn't too hard to build; my neighbor made a variation of it. There are probably 4 versions in the coop pages and they each have helpful details on how to build them.

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    Here is a link to the one above.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/coops/playhouse-coop.html

    There is even a video on it.




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    I have another neighbor down the street that built one similar to this one, but about 4 feet longer on the run part. I think he spent around $150 and a couple of weekend days.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=34095
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  10. MimiChick

    MimiChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built the playhouse coop. It's a great design and you can alter it to suit your needs. Mine is almost finished now, just the trim and a little paint on the bottom. The chickie girls have moved in and love it. There's more pics on my BYC page.
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