At long last I am finishing my expose’ on chicken coop construction.
This post is very much a mixed bag for me.
We put a lot of time and effort into this PVC chicken coop, and in some ways it blew away our expectations, and in others it really left us down.
The guy online promised for 400-500 dollars you could construct said coop that would be light enough for you to push with one finger, and that it was very sturdy.
He was wrong on 2/3 accounts. It ended up being much more (2x) the cost, and the weight on wheels is very cumbersome. It is also very hard to put on its wheels from its base.
It is very sturdy to be made out of pipe, and is honestly a grade A setup for raising chickens.
The access to the egg box is outstanding, as is the idea of making the roosting area have a floor that is two removable “poop boxes” that allows you to change the bedding easily. It also holds a lot of chickens, and even has access for a human to get in and out of.
My two favorite features are the watering nipple and pipes. We used 3 inch pipe to make a watering “T” that allows you to add water from the outside. The water goes down the pipe to a “nipple” that is a red gadget that the chickens peck at. When they peck at it- water comes out. Easy, peasy, non nasty watering.
I also adore the fact that it has two doors that allow you to open the coop to allow the chickens to free graze from the coop. They seem to return easily when its feed time, and it allows you to not move the coop as often, but still protect them.
This may be a bunch of photos, but here it is. Ask any questions you may have! Would I have done it over- yes and no… it was too much money but once we started cutting the dead was done. I love the idea of the design, but we could have done it with wood with just a little extra weight and a lot less work. Again- it is a top notch looking coop, which we named “coop deville,” and we have even had folks stop dead in the road asking what it is, who made it, and if we would make them one!!!!