Here is a great and inexpensive way to create a home for your fowl friends
Our particular coop is 8’x16′, it was built in 4’x8′ panels with corregated metal at the bottom of each panel to keep out the unwanted critter population.
The pros of building your coop in a panel-style are endless.
- Customizing the size or shape of this coop can be done by adding/subtracting or re-arranging the panels to fit your needs.
- If you need to move your coop simply disconnect the panels.
We made our panels 4′ x 8′, you can make your panels any size you like, but we found this size worked best, when considering overall strength and weight of each individual panel.
Panels are made with 2 x 4 lumber, covered in chicken-wire.
Use screws or bolts when connecting the panels, they are easily undone and reused over an over.
If you feel that you may have predator problems, metal panels on the bottom of your coop will be necessary to avoid loss of your flock
Our metal was collected from used sheds in the local country area – why buy new?
(If your foraging on your neighbor’s property, be sure to get permission first.)
Purchasing metal from sites like craiglist, offerup, or garage sales can be very cost effective.
We only roof an 8’x8′ section of our coop in order to keep the chickens dry and out of the wind, if need be.
Our roosting poles were cut from larger limbs and screwed into PVC piping, chickens prefer a natural roosting method over manmade options. (They told us so.)
Roosting boxes can be made out of almost anything! Our roosting boxes were created with a left over stackable closet organizer. Re-use, recycle, and be happy, remember?
We cut the chicken wire back, inserted a horizontal 2″x4″ to support the bottom of the laying boxes and fastened it with screws
For those of you who would like to spice up your coop for a yard statement-play around with a different door option from your local vintage shops/thrift stores, or even build your own!
A large metal trash can works as a great place to store chicken feed and its virtually rodent proof.
Bird netting has been put on the exposed top of the roof of our coop to avoid our large hawk friends in the neighborhood. Eventually the plan is to also cover the additional space with metal.
Doing what you can in the beginning as your finances may allow and then upgrading later is a smart option on your pocket book!
Most of the time wood, chicken wire, bird netting, and screws can all be found at your local hardware store – we love one stop shopping!
Your green thumb will praise you.
The rich nitrogen from the waste of the chickens is a great fertilizer for future garden space.
Check back in for more chicken tid bits in the future and feel free to ask questions!
Here are some more pictures of our chicken coop…