Apparently used coops and or rabbit hutches are difficult to find around here or are a ridiculously expensive mish-mash of materials that would possibly survive my four year old sneezing. I'm looking to put in a bigger coop setup and expand to rabbits next year. Also have room for any unwanted healthy chickens someone doesn't know what to do with as I only have 7 right now.
Could it be less expensive, and of a higher quality house if you made it yourself? I will tell you this right now, I will NEVER buy a 'chicken house" again! I got two for one, but that's only because one of the house panels were cracked. So they sent me another, that had two panels cracked! I repaired them myself, because I didn't want a third house! They are awkward, and difficult to clean and reach inside for eggs. And they leak (mild word for this) where the nesting box attaches to the house. I had to buy rubber lining stuff to go over the hinge area, to stop the downpour. They are also made VERY cheaply, and I don't expect to get more than 5 years out of them. I WILL be designing, and making my own, for my convenience and the chicken health. Anyway, nothing like experience to make one wise! I do think you'll save money but putting one together for yourself. Good luck dear, in whatever you decide!
We have an old 8x10 shed we converted to a run with a small coop inside. Not much to look at, but it's sturdy. The shed was damaged at a front corner so we took out that side and part of the front and attached a wood frame with chicken wire, so it's part tin and part wood/chicken wire with a door. Email me at email@example.com and I'll email you some pictures if you'd like. Free if you want it. We're done with chickens for now and my wife wants it gone.
We can come get it this week...
And thank you as well for taking it home! I was not looking forward to taking it to the dump, I prefer to recycle.
I found my nice chicken coop at a feed store in the south valley... I believe it is called Quality Baits. Its on Isleta, south of Rio Bravo, on the right hand side, and a big yellow sign& has lots of hand made signs too. They have lots of good handmade coops and hutches in the back, and are nice people.