Since we’ve moved into the house, I’ve been pretty anxious to get my farm life started. Matt and I decided it would be easiest to start off with getting some chickens, so I’ve spent the past few weeks researching and pricing coops like crazy.
Whenever I want to buy anything, I usually start off with Amazon. They had some fairly cheap coops at around $250 or so, but once I started to read the comments, I realized they were all cheap for a reason. This was pretty much the case for any affordable pre-fabricated chicken coop I looked up.
According to various message boards, a handmade coops seem to be the way to go. Except we can’t really afford one of those sturdy looking Amish coops that go for around $1,000. We found some pretty good used ones on Craig’s List, at good prices, but since we don’t have a truck to transport them, that caused a whole other set of problems.
We were referred to this Amish guy, who I was told makes really good coops and his pricing is half the cost you would see them at the store and even better, he would deliver to our area (for a large fee).
I was pretty excited about finally getting a good, quality, coop, but I still wasn’t too thrilled at the price. I tried to convince Matt that I could build one myself, but he didn’t seem too confident in my skills.
Eventually I came across a used shed on Craig’s List that was previously used for chickens. It was going for just a few hundred and even better he would deliver to us for free!
It didn’t come with a roost or nest boxes, but it’s big enough to fit around 15 or so chickens (just in case I get chicken crazy). It still need’s a lot of work and isn’t chicken ready yet, but I think it was a pretty good deal for the price.
It needs a new floor, we’re planning to use some cheap Linoleum so it’s easy to clean and we won’t have to worry about the wood rotting.
There’s also some gaps that need to be covered to prevent predators from marching in. Matt also wants to paint it and give it a new roof. But all in all, he seems confident that we’ll be ready to get some chickens by next weekend. Yay!
4 thoughts on “How To Find the Right Chicken Coop While On a Budget”
Great chicken coop, Rashida! But I don’t think it needs a floor, unless it’s a cold weather thing. Chickens like to scratch & wallow in the dirt, so I scoop out the poop occasionally for compost. You could use the old floor to patch the large exterior holes. And I have agree with Matt, it’s a coop, not a house so have fun when you paint the exterior! Good luck…..
We decided to put a floor down in the coop to prevent predators from burrowing under the floor and going after the eggs. We plan to keep pine shavings on the floor that they’ll be able to scratch at and they’ll be free ranging during the day, so they’ll have lots of opportunity to wallow in the dirt.
Looking good! Yes, put a floor in to protect from predators, glad to see you are playing it safe. 🙂
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