How to make a fast, cheap chicken coop
We're pawning off our
Sussex on my brother, so it seemed only fair to come over and help
him build a chicken coop. We threw it together in two and a half
hours and the only storebought materials were about $20 worth of
hinges, screws, and brackets. Although you're highly unlikely to
have the same found materials on hand, I thought you might enjoy seeing
Joey had found two solid wood
doors, which he planned to use as the main structural elements.
Mark suggested working up against a tree since the support makes it
easy to build ramshackle coops by yourself. Within minutes, we
had nearly half of the coop in place.
We needed a support to
form the corner across from the doors, so Joey cut an old two by four
to size. He lives in an off-grid,
underground house, so he did all the sawing by hand.
Mark and I are less hardy, so we brought a power drill to make
The other materials Joey had
in abundance were old cabinet doors. They just happened to be the
same length as the bigger doors were wide, which made it easy to use
the cabinet doors to fill in the other two walls. We hinged three
of the pieces to make access doors --- one in the front at the top for
the chickens to go in and two on the side to make an extra large egg
access hatch. (You can't see it, but there's a nest box inside
behind the darkest cabinet door.)
Here's the nearly
finished coop. Joey's going to add a few more hinges on the
various access doors (we only brought three hinges) and some smaller
boards to the ramp to give the flock better flooting. I'm looking
forward to seeing whether our Sussex are bright enough to make this
inventive coop work.
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