using a privacy fence panel as 1 side of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SOchick, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. SOchick

    SOchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to build a new coop for my girls (I did some serious adding to my flock). My dad was going to give me my old childhood playhouse to convert into a coop, but we took a good look at it, and it is not sturdy enough to be moved [​IMG] Sooo... I get to build a new coop. I would like to build it next to my privacy fence, and was wondering what you guys think of using a fence panel as one side of the coop. The pickets are very close together/toughing, and the other 3 sides would be plywood. (similar to this one by bluie: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=3633-Coop_and_run) - not sure if she used a fence panel as a side or not. Anyway, should I just leave it as a fence panel, or cover it with a tarp/this plywood to cut down on possible drafts coming in through the pickets? Let me know what you think please [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Just looked at the pictures. SHe didn't leave it or even use it as part of the coop. The fence is actually behind the coop by a few inches in the picture. SHe die attach the run to the fence and then line the inside of the fence with wire.

    I wouldn't use the fence. I would build it as a unit in itself.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I wouldn't, personally. It is not going to be as strong or sound as a 'real' wall, without actually saving you any money since the wire you oughta reinforce it with will cost at *least* as much as a sheet of plywood and a coupla 2x4s; and it will prevent you from ever moving the coop without major disassembly.

    JMHO, good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. SOchick

    SOchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys, my dad and I were having a debate over it. He thinks it would be fine, and I was on the fence (no pun intended [​IMG] )... I will show him more of the coop stuff here [​IMG]
     
  5. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I wouold just use a wood putty to seal any cracks or places for wind to get in and go for it.. I am all for using what you have and not going crazy.. My chickens live in a plain old Plywood coop and they are fine.. i would think the fence panel would be thicker then the plywood..
     
  6. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    I use my privacy fence for the back of 2 of my runs. It works fine. I also dont have to worry about many predators cause I live in the city [​IMG] so I don't know how good it would be at keeping predators out but i'm thinking it would be pretty sturdy. [​IMG]
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    To clarify, my security concern is that (especially as the wood ages) it becomes quite possible to push/pull/gnaw fenceboards off the fence. This doesn't happen often in a normal privacy-fence situation but I would not wanting to be putting MY "living breathing chicken dinner" just a fenceboard away from hungry raccoons and dogs and rats. I would sincerely suggest putting hardwarecloth on the inside (coop) side of the fence, securely attached, at least onthe bottom 4' or so.

    There is a lot to be said for building a coop you can move, though, if circumstances change.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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