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May. 13, 2012, 08:24 AM
Please...I'd like to get some hens, but don't want to pay the crazy prices for the ready made coops so looking for some ideas!


May. 13, 2012, 08:36 AM
Lots of ideas here..


On Facebook, there was a picture of a chicken tractor made out of an old trampoline! The bottom frame was covered in chicken wire and a hole was cut in the middle of the trampoline with the ramp coming up to a large nesting house built onto the top.

May. 13, 2012, 09:20 AM
Will you need a coop and a protected run (outside area) for them, or can they free range during the day? All they really need is protection from predators, mostly at night. It doesn't have to be fancy.

I like this portable style with a raised coop and a small enclosed run: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226686064037615.60756.214240251948863&type=3

I'm not sure what prices you're objecting to, but a 5x10 version of that cost us easily $500 to build from new materials. T1-11 siding is expensive!

My meat chickens go in "tractors" which are low movable structures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10803470@N00/7046116841/in/photostream

The COTH for chickens is BackYardChickens.com -- they have a page with lots of coop ideas: http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

May. 13, 2012, 09:39 AM
Check out the one from BoysNightOut's thread - very nice! Not really portable but you COULD make it so if you had to

wsmoak - I love that one on FB! That's probably more like what we'll end up doing - mine are free ranging during the day, but they do get locked up at night in their ghetto coop, and I DO want something they can stay in for a few days to a week at a time when necessary due to weather and vacation.

May. 13, 2012, 12:21 PM
the chickens could free range during the day and just come in at night...

i couldn't get to the link on fb :-( thanks for the tractor link..some of those look hard to clean though???

i had thought of trying to figure out some type of pvc coop but not sure how to make it secure enough...or how to do doors...

May. 13, 2012, 12:28 PM
We have a couple coops.

The biggest is the coop that was built before we moved in. It's concrete base and everything, would cost quite a bit to build today!

We've also got the chicken tractor which was made out of found-materials, and cost a few dollars in screws. From scratch I think it would be under $100s.

I also keep several birds loose in the barn for fly control :).

May. 14, 2012, 09:27 AM
I turned one of those ready made storage sheds into a coop. This was a wood one so I insulated it, installed a chicken door, put in roosts and nest boxes and it made a great coop.

May. 14, 2012, 08:00 PM
We built ours last summer with some scrap wood and a couple of material purchases off of craigslist. I think the total price was less than $100. The window glass was the biggest expense and we still have a couple of windows to finish.

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/6516/coop2i.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/coop2i.jpg/)

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/2720/coop1.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/833/coop1.jpg/)

May. 14, 2012, 09:06 PM
This is a friend's 1st coop http://www.modernstead.com/circular-coop-status/

May. 14, 2012, 10:18 PM
I got chicken fever this spring and didn't want to wait for the SO to come home and build me a coop so I tackled it on my own! I used mostly materials we had leftover on the farm.


May. 14, 2012, 11:11 PM
we've never spent much at all for a coop-we've used pallets as a frame on three or four of them, just stood them up and nailed them together. Free pallets, of course. Then I think we've always had free siding, either from the free ads or a package deal on a lot of damaged stuff from the lumber yard or the neighbor's yard sale... always something. A few sheets of T1-11 aren't too expensive...

and done. :lol:

We put a concrete floor in one after the fact b/c a skunk kept tunneling in... but other than that, they've been shacks cobbled together. And the hens were happy, healthy and layed all winter long (extension cord + 60W bulb). They've been about 16 by 8, 12 by 12... all in 4 foot increments ya know... easy easy.

Spray in or roll-out insulation works great if you want it. We used metal roofing with at least one strip of clear/translucent roofing so in the winter they get light and warmth... gaps you could throw a cat through between the roof and walls but we called it ventilation. :yes:

May. 15, 2012, 05:54 PM
We are getting ready to turn our older 2-horse bumper pull trailer into a chicken coop - it's a Circle M Supreme and has the manger thing inside - it worked well for our pony going to Pony Club activities, etc. but is too small for our big horses.

I was sitting in the barnyard one day thinking about building a chicken coop when I noticed the trailer and thought about how easy it would be to add some chicken wire to the open areas to make it predator-proof for nighttime - and how the mangers could be nesting boxes (even have windows I can use to get the eggs from outside!) - and how nice it would be to be able to hose it out, etc.

We can move it with the truck to different parts of the property, etc.

And now I don't have to try to sell it. :)

We only want a few chickens - just enough for our own eggs and for them to eat as many bugs as possible (and kitchen scraps).

I haven't actually got this project going yet, but so far I can't figure out a reason not to use it this way.