Build a chicken coop for 3 chickens?

I live in the UK and want to get 3 chickens. I have to build a chicken coop. I want it to be quite big so that i could keep about 5 chickens in so my chickens have lots of room. It needs to cost around £50. The chickens will be about medium size. They will be all hens no roosters.

Thanks. Sam B

Do a google search for "chicken tractor". There are some simple and ingenious ideas for small, mobile housing for your coop. For 5 birds, the coop itself does not have to be very big, but they will need a yard to scratch and socialize in.

If you are trying to keep expenses down, look for recycled material. PVC piping makes great, lightweight framing material to stretch chicken wire over. Get some old pallets if you want to build the coop out of wood (BTW, I have a friend who has taught me that you can construct anything out of old pallets – including barn stalls!)

You might even consider free ranging and just having a coop to secure them in at night. I let our entire flock free range, and they’re terrific at eliminating bugs in the garden. You can clip wings to keep them from roosting in trees at night (or you can get breeds that are flightless, like silkies).

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  • stonefieldhill

    Do a google search for "chicken tractor". There are some simple and ingenious ideas for small, mobile housing for your coop. For 5 birds, the coop itself does not have to be very big, but they will need a yard to scratch and socialize in.

    If you are trying to keep expenses down, look for recycled material. PVC piping makes great, lightweight framing material to stretch chicken wire over. Get some old pallets if you want to build the coop out of wood (BTW, I have a friend who has taught me that you can construct anything out of old pallets – including barn stalls!)

    You might even consider free ranging and just having a coop to secure them in at night. I let our entire flock free range, and they’re terrific at eliminating bugs in the garden. You can clip wings to keep them from roosting in trees at night (or you can get breeds that are flightless, like silkies).
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