Winter coop for silkies...need advice.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shelleyb1969, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I need to construct a temporary winter coop for my silkies. It will actually be built inside of a cinder block building, so drafts and snow are not an issue. I was wondering...would it work to build a short (since silkies don't fly) frame, made out of pvc, lined around the outside with straw bales? I was thinking maybe 2 bales high. Would I even need the pvc frame since nothing would be attached to it? And what would be best for the top to keep the warmth in? A tarp? I figured a nice enclosed wooden box would suffice for their sleeping area, since my silkies don't roost. Any advice? This "coop" will need to be removed next spring, so I don't want anything too heavy or permanently attached. And I just don't have the money right now to build a wire coop. As I said, the "coop" will be inside of a building, so if they do manage to get out, they can't go anywhere. But I will have other chickens in the building as well, and that's why I can't just let them "indoor free range".
  2. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Sounds great
  3. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    That sounds like a great plan--the straw bales should keep them toasty. Do you have a piece of ply wood or something for the roof? If you did you could put more bales on top, or cover it with a layer of loose straw and a tarp or something, depending on how cold you expect it to get. Good luck!
  4. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Quote:Hadn't thought about the plywood. [​IMG] Good idea, Thanks! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2008

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