Very basic and cheap hen house?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by abc123no, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. abc123no

    abc123no New Egg

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    Hello, I will be getting 5 laying hens within the next couple of days. They will be my first hens, but my husband had some when he was younger.

    We are having a hard time finding something to buy for the hens. Everything is so overpriced, even used dog houses on Craigslist. The only good ones are $200+.

    What I am asking for is a simple and cheap design for the hens.
     
  2. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you're willing to build it yourself...you can build a nice little coop for just 5 hens fairly inexpensively.

    I would recommend finding shipping pallets, personally. Lots of places give those away free or almost free.

    If you're wanting to get one that has already been built, I doubt you'll be able to find an acceptable pre-built one anywhere (new) for under $200. Possibly, but I would imagine something brand new like that wouldn't stand up to the elements or predators very well.

    Lots of coop designs here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    Or...you could put an ad on Craigslist and say "WANTED: newly built coop for 5 hens, willing to pay no more than $200" and see if you get any bites. Lots of handypeople out there with their own supplies that could use a few bucks.

    Here is a particularly nice coop of a member here at BYC who used a bunch of free shipping pallets:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/judys-free-pallet-chicken-coop

    Clearly it is large and nowhere near required size for YOUR chickens if you're only having 5 - but what it does do is give you some ideas on what you can do with free or next-to-nothing pallets.

    There are TONS of videos on www.youtube.com that have all sorts of ways to build hen houses for little to next to nothing, too. =)
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012

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