Sunday, October 20, 2013

thrift store chest of drawers chicken coop



I have three six week old chickens in my utility room, and it is time for them to head outside. My big chickens are molting and grumpy and would give them a hard time, so I made them a little coop of their own. I have two fenced runs right next to each other so they can get to know each other for a while.

I saw one of these coops on Pinterest and got an old dresser at Goodwill. The ladder and the roosts are made out of the wood from the drawers. I shingled the top and painted it red. The bottom drawer is left intact for easy pull out cleaning.

3 comments:

Huckleberry Stew said...

Are there nesting boxes in there, somehow? Water?

Ellamama said...

There aren't any nesting boxes. I used this for some new chickens that I wanted to separate from my older ladies, so it was temporary for me. After a while I let all the chickens mix together and a few did lay in the bottom of this coop. It is easy to keep the litter fresh by pulling out the bottom drawer. You could add a nesting box, available at Tractor supply already made, by cutting a square out of the back of the dresser and screwing it on.

I have chicken waterers outside the coops.

Ellamama said...

Coop Update: As cute as this it, it didn't last. I just hauled it do the dump. If you make something like this you really need to seal the wood. It was a very cheap chest of drawers---perhaps something more substantial would work better. That being said, it is the cutest thing EVAR if you want find a way to waterproof it.

Right now I'm adding an ONDURON red roof to my big chicken house and wondering what I'll use next time I raise baby chicks.