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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickChickHorray, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. ChickChickHorray

    ChickChickHorray Chirping

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    We currently have a pre-fab coop from TSC and we are praying it stays up thru winter! Looking at sheds that we can convert to a nice coop- wondering thoughts on wood vs the plastic ones or vinyl siding? Would love to see pictures of converted sheds. We are on a tight budget but want to go as large as possible so this decision is a big one- this coop/ shed has to last more than one year! Are the plastic sheds hotter in summer than wood? Do either choice have problems with ventilation? Has anyone had a serious problem with using a shed turned coop? Problems with wasps putting nests in wood sheds? Carpenter bees? Mites? Newbies so any thought is appreciated!
    We are in West Tn, Zone 7
     
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  2. Notaneggspurt

    Notaneggspurt Songster

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    :welcome
    What general area are you in?
     
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Yes, what is your location ... You may want to update your profile with your location, helps us know when responding your possible weather conditions & predators and time zone.
     
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  4. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Crowing

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    The cheapest way to get a shed is buy a used one like off Craigslist ... Or build it yourself with re-purposed materials ... even building with new materials ... is cheaper than buying ready-made.

    Wood would be easier to modify than the plastic ... ventilation is very important ...
     
  5. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Free Ranging

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    Do you have an old tin garden shed? They work if you have the time to insulate and do all that to it
     
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  6. ChickChickHorray

    ChickChickHorray Chirping

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    We’re in West Tn, Zone 7. I updated the post to include it
     
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  7. ChickChickHorray

    ChickChickHorray Chirping

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    We’re in West Tennessee, Zone 7, I updated the post to include it. Thanks!
     
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  8. Stockpilejoy

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    I have always loved the idea of a plastic hen house made out of a storage shed with windows since walk- in is my preferred choice... But it would be a pricey figure. Plastic seems so easy to clean with less an issue with mites than the wood. I would love to find a cheap used little tike home and convert it into a hen house adding hardware cloth for windows and a roosting bar..I bet I could even manage to get a drop board in there. :) Thinking the convert process would be so much fun. If I move I plan on going plastic. My coops now are wood.
     
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  9. ChickChickHorray

    ChickChickHorray Chirping

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    Do you have a lot of problems with mites in your wood coop? Is the wood coop super difficult to clean? Thanks!
     
  10. Nardo

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