Using a small greenhouse as a coop???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ccat1, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. ccat1

    ccat1 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2015
    I have a chicken tractor I built back in July with a run/pen I built/attached next to it. I have 4 hens who seem very happy with this set up.
    I have a 6x8 Harbor Freight Greenhouse I use in the late winter/early spring but it stands now as basically a storage building.
    I am wondering if I could move the pen (t-posts and fencing) up against it and use the GH as the coop, nesting area and roost.
    I can monitor and take care of temps in it with no problem. I am just liking the idea of the bigger area it would provide as opposed to my current tractor.
    Attached is a picture of my tractor, but no pic of my tractor as you all can imagine a 6x8 GH.
    If anyone uses a greenhouse as the coop, please fill me in on pro's/cons.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    In the cooler months of the year i don't see why not (if, as you say, you can control the temps) but i would avoid using it during the warmer months as overheating (slow roasting?) is likely to be an issue.

  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    6x8 is not much bigger than the coop/run shown.
    Maybe just use it as an extra run area in winter?

    Not sure what this means "I could move the pen (t-posts and fencing)" ?

    What is your climate?
    Adding your location to your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.
  4. ccat1

    ccat1 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2015
    By moving the pen, Tposts/fencing, I mean with my current chicken tractor, I have a fenced in area about 10x10 built up against it. I open the door in the mornings and let the hens out for the day. I do let them out in the yard most afternoons when I get home from teaching school.
    The roosting area is only about 40" wide and they seem crowded at night. I know they will use their body heat in the winter, but I was just thinking of giving them a bigger area. I guess what I am thinking is using this greenhouse as a coop and nesting area. But now that I think about it, it might need to be darker at night......wouldn't it?
    But I could move my tractor and pen closer to the GH and incorporate it from there.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by