Where do you get the best coop for 12 hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by S*T*A*R, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 full grown hens, but they are living in a used rabbit hutch. We are planning on getting 6 more chickens in March, and we're gonna need a bigger coop. Anyone have any ideas? [​IMG]
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Buy "Building Chicken Coops for Dummies" here in the BYC store. It's a very good book and has ALL the plans and instructions for building four different sized coops.
     
  3. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your not into building like myself or my DH, you could try hiring a local handy man to do it. Get some plans or ideas and have him build what you want. I had a kid from a high school build ours over the summer. He did a great job. Or if you watching your budget, try Craigs List. Sometimes they have old sheds you can buy and convert into a coop pretty easy.
     
  4. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For that size, a regular shed works really great and is about as cheap as anything you could build yourself (unless you get free wood planks, roofing tiles, etc.) [​IMG]
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Both gryeyes and swimmer's ideas are seconded by me. I have not found any prefab coops that I like. Usually they are a lot more flimsy than they look in the picture and what they state as the chicken capacity of the coop is not usually based on 4 feet of space per chicken. The Coops book is excellent for anyone who thinks they can't build. I know because that is what I thought before I got the book and I got the courage to build the large walk in coop by myself. DH and I did have the tools on hand though so if you do not want to build it yourself, go with swimmer's idea. Find a plan that you really like and have it built better than anthing you could buy on line.
     
  6. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks for all the help!!! [​IMG]
     

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