At the age of six weeks, chickens need something more to live in than a cardboard box. When you decide to breed baby chicks; subsequently you’ll need a chicken coop. Accordingly, you could try one of these gorgeous DIY vintage coop plans.
Before we continue, see what will make a good coop. Firstly, the coop must be able to keep the chickens from heat, rain, cold and the predators. Then, about the space requirements, you need four square feet of space for each chicken, if you’re planning to free range your birds; either for part or all the day. Unless you want them to remain cooped all day, then each chicken needs ten square feet of space in the coop.
Next, a good coop should have good ventilation; therefore having window and doors in your coop is necessary. Moreover, it will allow the sun in, so that your chickens can get their daily dose of vitamin D. Furthermore, to lay the eggs particularly, you have to provide at least one nesting box for five hens.
Super Easy DIY Vintage Coop Plans: Upcycled Playhouse
First, you can try turning an old playhouse into a coop. What you can do is to add a floor and trap door made from fence boards. And then, put nesting box to each side. Raise it and you’re done!
Coop with Run
Here, you’ll have a little bit larger coop with run to keep about 3–5 hens in there.
Medium Size Pallets Coop
This coop has bigger size, but without any run. Here, the door’s large enough for you to walk in.
No need of fence wire, for the run will be in your open yard.
Other coop plans
Step Up: Vintage Look
Finish the coop you’ve built in such styles, in order that it gets the vintage touch. For instance, use white, red, and grey as the accent in the design.
Finally, decorate the coop. In this case, laurel wreath, sign board or name from painted planks will help you.
Of course, you can decorate the interior too.
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