Where do you get the best coop for 12 hens?

S*T*A*R

Songster
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Oct 3, 2010
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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?
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swimmer

Songster
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Aug 17, 2010
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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.
 

TrystInn

Songster
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
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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.)
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dsqard

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Jun 11, 2010
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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.
 

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