What a Mess!

In about 3-4 weeks it will be time to move the chicks from brooder to coop. It doesn’t look too bad from this picture, but the inside is a total train wreck. Been working on making it suitable for young birds a little bit each day, but as you can see…

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there’s a lot to be done. I still need to lift the dog chicken house off the ground, and put plywood all around the bottom 15 inches on the enclosure itself.¬† Then I’ve got some minimal winterizing to think about.

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The weather is supposed to be cooler starting next week, if that actually happens and we stay out of the 100’s, I should have this all done in plenty of time. I’ll post after pics when I finish!

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Dog House Chicken Coop, Great Ideas!

Looking for coop ideas or building plans? Here’s a few alternative choices to consider. Lowes.com has super nice dog houses that are perfectly suitable as chicken coops. You can put burlap, or plastic draft strips over the opening, or be creative and build a door yourself. Posts or cinder blocks would work nicely to raise the structure off the ground. Some of the shelters are insulated too! Click HERE to get more information on these houses, there are many more to choose from.

One of many pet shelters from lowes.com
One of many pet shelters from lowes.com
Find it at lowes.com
Find it at lowes.com

Or build your own… plans and materials available HERE for the shelter below.

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Build your own

Need some ideas on how to best use a dog house as a chicken coop? Here’s a couple links to pictures of dog houses used as chicken coops within an enclosure, or attached to a run. BackYardChickens and my own chicken coop dog house right here at TBN Ranch.

Buy a shelter or build one, but being inexpensively creative with chicken housing is half the fun of raising chickens. Don’t overlook the possibility of finding used dog houses or suitable shelter on craig’s list. I do it all the time!¬†