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Shed Converted to Chicken Coop

When we expanded our flock, we needed to add more space. Check out how we turned a 8 x 10 shed into a great chicken coop that is cute and functional.
We bought the shed used so we had to go disassemble it and then reassemble it in our yard. We used sand to level the ground and then Styrofoam sheet insulation to keep it from sinking.
A little over half is dedicated to storage. All the supplies used to be on the back porch so I love that everything is all in one place now with the birds.
An old wagon holds galvanized tin trash cans that contain chicken feed: cracked corn in one, crumble in the other. A third on the other side of the self holds other things like oyster shell and gravel and oats.
The shelf in the corner is an old portable greenhouse shelf. I have been using it for the chickens for a few years. It will last even longer now that it is not exposed to any elements. It was at the end of my back porch previously.
The top shelf has a few decorative touches like the flowers and the little chicken candle holder. The galvanized bucket and green basket both hold feathers. When I find nice ones, I put them in here. I use them for all sorts of crafts. The enamelware pan keeps the eggs from rolling away while I am tending the flock. I cut the seams off a couple burlap sacks and draped them over the shelves to conceal some of the storage. The bottom shelves contain a tote of straw, buckets and such.
The other side is living space for the chickens.
These plastic bins are screwed to the board for nesting boxes. They are very easy to clean and our hens like them. We added a board for a perch in front of them after I took the photo.
There is a little doorway from this coop to the "courtyard" and the first smaller coop.
There are 2 roosting perches. Each coop has feeders and a waterer so the chickens can eat wherever they are. We added aluminum bars to the windows so they could not fit out of the window.
Here are the newest members of the flock. We had 8 Bantam chickens before. We added these 2 Aracaunas this spring. We had one rooster and 7 hens. We were hoping these two would add 2 more hens. We are pretty sure the buff colored one is a rooster....Uh oh. Hopefully there is enough space for the whole flock to get along. To see more, click on the blog post below.

To see more: http://www.artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-chicken-coop.html

  • Kim Kilmer
    Kim Kilmer Springfield, MA
    on Jul 14, 2015

    Great idea. Makes me want to get chickens and build a home for them!

  • Lynnette  Hare
    Lynnette Hare United Kingdom
    on Aug 5, 2015

    You will never get orange yolks in the eggs raising them indoors, they need grass (folic acid)to forage on, then you get the best eggs.

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Aug 5, 2015

      @Lynnette Hare They have an outside area and they are let outside in the yard in the evenings for a few hours. We have over 3 acres they get to peck and explore. But we also have fishers, coyotes, hawks,possums and such so they are only out in the yard while we are there to watch.Thanks for helping to clarify Debbie Welch Diven!

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    White Oak Studio Designs Pullman, MI
    on Aug 5, 2015

    I love the storage area, esp. how you utilized the wagon to hold the garbage cans. This gave me a great idea, thank you!

  • Lisa
    Lisa Weston, WV
    on Aug 5, 2015

    I wonder if it gets too hot? Not that I would know anything about it. Just wonder.

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Aug 5, 2015

      @Lisa It is about the same as outside but we are going to add a fan for summer and a light for winter...

  • Pat Schoffstoll
    Pat Schoffstoll Nokomis, FL
    on Aug 5, 2015

    Looks like they can go outdoors

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