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01-28-2017 09:24 PM

Looking to make a chicken coop this spring. Any tried and true online plans that anyone here has made (and liked?)

Thanks!


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#1 posted 01-28-2017 09:54 PM


I built the top one for my adult layers and the one below from scrap for my chicks.


I didn’t use any plans for either. It’s not rocket science I’m sure if you’ve built much at all u can make it up as u go

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 09:57 PM

Bravo sir! Another fowl lover.

I’m sure I could make something suitable in my head, but I don’t want to invest money and time only to say “I wish I had done this….” later on.

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 12:50 AM

That’s understandable. How many chickens are u planning on having? Free range or will u keep them in a pen? Do u want a coop or a tractor?

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 01:00 AM

Just 4-5 to start…maybe more someday? I’m going to put it in a large dog kennel (like you) for protection and so I can provide shade via a tarp

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 01:22 AM

At a minimum chickens supposedly need 1sqft of coop an 2sqft of pen. That being said a kennel would probably be a good size but to me the kennel was a mistake. I live in the boonies and right next to the woods. Coons and possums got into my kennel lik it was nothing. I killed a bunch of coons….. way more than I ever knew was around. If I was u and only wanted a few chickens I’d start off with building a nice chicken tractor with fence on all sides (even the bottom). This would also give u a chance to see what predators come out of the woodwork and give u more of an idea what u want ur next coop to be

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 04:05 AM

I took an old storage shed we had on the property, disassembled it and moved it to where we wanted the chickens. It’s 8×8 and makes a great coop. On the backside of it I used 3 sections of cattle panel and stood them on ends and bent them over to form a chute, so to speak. At 8’ wide they are about 6’ high when bent, tall enough to walk in to change water and feed. I attached 1/2” hardware cloth to the cattle panels with wire to keep out coons and fox. Forget chicken wire, it won’t even slow a coon if they want in. Covered the hardware cloth with a couple of blue tarps that Harbor Freight occasionally gives away for free to keep them cooler on our hot Texas days. I built a door and installed it at the end opposite the coop. I also built nesting boxes on one side of the coop so we don’t even have to go in to collect the eggs. We keep 6-8 chickens in it. They free range most days.

For more ideas check out backyardchickens.com

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#7 posted 05-04-2017 06:08 AM

Hi,

Does anybody knows a noticeable website for chicken coop plans?

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#8 posted 05-04-2017 08:31 AM

Does anybody knows a noticeable website for chicken coop plans?
- Senator

Bazillions of them out there… google is your friend: Chicken Coop Plans
You can also visit your local agricultural extension office or university agricultural college for more localized plans to suite your particular location. Or just look over existing ones and make your own plans to suit you.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 05-04-2017 10:50 AM

https://www.omlet.co.uk/shop/chicken_keeping/eglu_classic/

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