Crib to Chicken Coop


| 6/25/2013 1:20:51 PM


Tags: crib to coop, chicken, farm, homestead, DIY, hen, cheap coop, inexpensive coop, chicken tractor, The Homestead Redhead,

For those of you that have ever raised chickens, you are well aware of just how fast chicks grow.  It seems that in a matter of just a few short weeks those fuzzy little balls of “cheeps” are a squawking, ground scratching, bug loving chicken.

The last batch of chicks we bought were Black Copper Marans.  These beautiful black hens produce a lovely dark chocolate egg.  These girls quickly outgrew their mini-coop and I knew it was time to figure out their permanent residence.

Chicken coops and tractors can be ridiculously expensive (see more about this HERE).  I knew building one myself would be less expensive, but I lack extensive carpentry skills.  I figured that starting with some type of basic framework for a chicken tractor would be easier for me than to start from scratch.  I saw a picture online of someone who turned a crib into a chicken coop and the Crib to Coop Repurposing project was born.

I began my hunt for cribs at thrift stores and searching Craigslist, but most were priced higher than I wanted to spend.  I was then blessed with two donated cribs from two very generous women (thank you!!).

The basics I wanted to stick to throughout this project were to stay simple and inexpensive.  I looked around the homestead and utilized what materials we had available.  Paint was my most expensive cost.  This project was moderately challenging and overall cost roughly $100.  I am very pleased with the cost of this project.  It took me about 3 full days to complete.



I began by removing all plastic parts off of the crib and stabilizing the framework.

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5/15/2018 8:13:38 PM

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Smokintoes
11/11/2014 6:16:29 PM

Very clever use of a crib! What did your husband use for the nesting box?


Sarah Prewett
6/27/2013 3:51:03 AM

Pretty cool. But, how do you access the inside to hang a waterer or a feed dispenser ?







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