Chicken Coop




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    Phoenix Flare

    5 years ago

    Awesome! I should make one like this for my pet rabbits. It would probably suit.

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    Correction to my previous comment. I think this guys Hutch is a far better project for bunnies.

    It would make a great Rabbit Hutch, one thing I would change for the bunnies is to use a layer of hardware cloth on the bottom to keep them from burrowing out. I would also put a few pieces of strand board as pads so they don't hurt their feet on the wire.

    I used to have a rabbit hutch about 12 ft long that was divided in to thirds. We would keep one rabbit in each compartment with their own food and water and nesting boxes. They didn't have the house as I kept them in the garage with a heater in the winter and a window A/C in the hottest parts of the summer.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    ZSTHORIAN, fantastic coop you've built there, especially since you went heavy into reduce, reuse and recycle. I'm all for that. I even like free better. I also like the way you move it around with your lawn tractor. If I might add one thing though, it would be in the way of strengthening the run and coop. A triangle is the strongest geometric shape known to man and I would incorporate some of them into this build. It's not too late to do it now. See my photo of what happened to the tractor I built when a thunderstorm came though one night and you'll understand why. I'll certainly take my own advice next time, too. Keep up the good work!

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    Geez, glad to see your birds were Ok. I actually debated about an Aframe. The hen house is solid I can jump on it and im 250 lbs The Run was basically to keep them safe if I could not get them the hen house before dark due to working late or traffic etc. I usually move it around behind the house so that straight line winds will hit my house house first. That and My house shades it from late afternoon sun and a stand of trees shade it from morning sun.

    I like your suggestion and adding a couple X braces midpoint in the run would add extra rigidity and provide the ladies more roosting space. The only thing I worry about is that they would get bummed out as they like to fly from the door of the house to the end of the run then back again.

    This is such a luxurious chicken coop! Also, if you're looking for a different solar panel, Brown Dog Solar has a 20% coupon for Instructables members right now :)

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    Oh in the sketch I annotated a Solar panel and a muffin fan. My panel was not strong enough for the fan so I am still sourcing another solar panel.