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Swingset Chicken Coop


When Keeping Chickens Newsletter subscribers Bob and Allison needed a hen house they enlisted the help of their eldest daughter to transform an old swingset into a coop for their new chickens (3 barred rocks, 3 rhode island reds, 2 silver lace, and 2 blue andalusians).


The outhouse pictured was the ‘playhouse’ side and the chicken side was the ‘swing’ side. They put in a drawbridge, nest boxes, and built most of it from old skid’s gotten from the local sheetmetal fab shop.

Shed converted into chicken coop

Chicken shed on allotment plot

converted garden shed

This wooden shed situated on a 26ft X 10ft allotment plot was the new home to Alan Parker’s six 17 week old chickens.

Inside converted garden shed coop

The shed is 6×4 and has a new roost and nest box area.

Chicken shed nestboxes

Allotment chicken run

Sarah’s Coop

Sarah standing in front of her coop

7 year old Sarah standing in front of the chicken coop she designed and built (with the help of dad David)

“Let’s build it” Sarah said to dad David after designing her coop. An old shed and recycled bits and pieces from around the homestead soon became a new coop to house their 8 week old chickens (and future batch of chicks).

shed coop ramp

Early mornings letting the chickens out and helping to keep them watered and fed occasionally bring a few grumbles about being sleepy, but as soon as Sarah is outside she is awake and rearing to go.

8 week old chickens

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