This chicken coop below gave me the idea of simply modifying an out building. Mine doesn’t need to be this big, but Tuff Shed or comparable shed builders offer buildings in all different sizes. I priced a 6X8 shed with a window, built and painted for less than $1,000
These nest boxes affixed to the interior would be very nice to have, however, a shelf affixed to the wall with free standing next boxes will work fine.
This roost is perfect, the flat board will make scrapping the droppings a snap, and I really like the shelf below to aid in quick clean-ups. Neither the nest boxes or roost would be difficult to attach to the interior walls of a shed, whether they are finished or not. I like the dry wall in these pictures, but it’s merely a luxury… and, an added expense. It looks like the feeders have been hung below the shelf, another great idea to help minimize feed waste.
I like this chicken run, it looks like an easy build. Predator proof, but the wire mesh is not going to keep the wild birds from entering and consuming expensive chicken feed. Tip: A better choice of wire is hardware cloth.
Vinyl Shed with a Floor, Windows and Doors, Costco
It’s easy to find a suitable chicken coop, but for the money they always seem too small. If you do find one that’s roomy enough, the price is rather spendy, at least for what it is. Certainly can’t use a store bought chicken coop and not worry about it being wind proof, or rain proof.
You’ll be spending a lot of time and more money draping tarps over it, or worse, nailing boards to a flimsy framework . I think if you’ve spent any time on-line looking for a chicken coop, you’ve already seen everything you really want is well over $300. That will only accommodate about 4-6 birds and not exactly with enough room to spread their wings so to speak.
This shed from Costco is ideal, if you build a shelf on three sides about half way up for nest boxes you have created the perfect set-up. There’s ample space for feeders and a water source, so you have less to worry about in inclement weather. This shed provides a safe haven from predators when you close it up at night, and there’s no need to worry about ventilation because they have windows!
If your worried about how they hold up, don’t. Folks have been using them as tack rooms on ranches for years here in Phoenix. They’re pretty tough considering they bake out in the sun where temperatures reach 115+ degrees.
Another point to consider is this shed will be far more useful over the years, a chicken coop is what it is – and probably not for very long. So what are you waiting for? Build a fence around it and you’re in business!
This is one of my smaller chicken coops here at the ranch, I bought it on-line at Murray McMurray Hatchery.
It’s actually two coops and I took out center panel and joined them together. My hens aren’t confined to this coop, they are in a fenced area about 20ft. x 30ft but it’s available to them all day and night. They go in the upper portion to lay their eggs everyday and then return at dusk until dawn. The upper portion is just a box with a hinged roof for easy egg removal; I don’t put nest boxes in there, only grass hay. This coop houses 12 birds right now, but the other side is unused, they all sleep together in one box. This coop could easily house 24 birds if they have a yard attached, if you don’t, probably only 6 if you want to keep peace. In winter I tarp the sides, but if you’re in cold country plywood attached to the sides and top would be a simple task.
Remember, one of the best things about building a poultry farm whether large of small is to accomplish it by spending as little money as possible. Something I learned much too late I might add. Be creative, that so called junk in the garage or shed may prove quite useful once again.