Friday, October 20, 2017

Where do chicken coops come from?

When I look at coops online I see so many beautiful and different styles off coops. I always wonder "where did they get that chicken coop?" If your currently in the process of getting your first flock that is probably the question on your mind right now. Or maybe you have a chicken coop and flock but want to expand and aren't sure where to start. Don't worry...as someone that has acquired 7 coop structures in the last 8 years, I definitely have the answer for this one!

I'll start with the most obvious one. You build it. Most of us are familiar with the old fashioned chicken coops or even barns. The great thing about building a chicken coop yourself is that you can make it as big or small as you like. You can build it with one large room for one flock or separated inside to accommodate two flocks. You can add a brooder area or feed storage space. You can design it however you want or pick one of the many available coop plans online to build. 

where to buy chicken coops

Obviously these are built from wood and on site, but if you don't have the skill or space to build your own coop you won't be able to go that route. So, other then DIY...  

Where do chicken coops come from?

1) The hardware store. Many people have bought wood sheds from Lowe's or home Depot to use as a chicken coop. Lowe's sent ours out with an assembly crew and we had a complete shed in just a few hours. All we had to do was clear the space ahead of time and put down a gravel base. It came with the option of 2 extra windows or a skylight and big double doors. A couple roosts and some next boxes and it's done! We decided to paint it to match the house, but it wasn't necessary.

chicken coop shed

2) The feed store. Small coops can be purchased at feed stores like Tractor Supply and Rural King. These are usually only big enough for a few chickens and sometimes have an enclosed run and nest boxes included. Perfect for a stealth coop in an urban backyard.

Sams club chicken coop

3) Warehouse clubs. Both Sam's Club and Costco carry plastic sheds and playhouses that can be used as coops with a tiny bit of adjustment. They also carry smaller wooden coop kits in summer.

plastic playhouse chicken coop

4) Shed lots. These are basically a parking lot full of sheds. You pick the one you want and they load it up on a flat bed trailer and drop it off at your house. This is where my 12 X 20 coop came from! All we did was add the run and some nest boxes and roosts. Many of these places let you pick colors, door styles, windows etc. They have sheds small enough for only garden tools, and large enough for a truck. The playhouse style is especially cute for a chicken coop! 

barn chicken coop

My brooder room/office/feed storage room is also from a shed lot. It's a garage that was dropped off. The difference is the one pictured above was an "Amish Built" lot and the other was more pre-fab style with vinyl siding and all. That just amazes me that they load an entire building onto a trailer and bring it here! While it probably cost a little more then building it ourselves, it sure saved us a lot of work! I vote for this method! 

5) Craigslist. Used coops and coop builders can both be found on Craigslist. Sometimes coop builders will have several for you to choose from, other times they'll build to your specifications. Be careful buying a used coop. You'll want to clean it out well before use and make sure it's not harboring any pests like mites.

Those are all the places I've acquired chicken coops. Where did you get your coops?

~L

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