In the last two years, the amount of people who keep chickens in their yards has jumped nearly 500%! 😯 Maybe you already have chickens and are looking to give them more space, or maybe you want to join everyone who already has them!
I built their sleeping and eating area, then I made their water and food containers, now I'm working on their chicken run using an old trampoline frame!!! 😁
If you have an old trampoline laying around too, then making a trampoline chicken coop could be a great way to DIY a home for your chickens! Pre-built coops have been crazy expensive recently since more people have gotten chickens, so this could save you some cash too. 💸
🐥The Basics of a Trampoline Chicken Coop
Before you start trying to build your chicken coop, you need to make sure you have the right materials. These listed materials are everything you'll need for whatever type of chicken coop you build!
🐔 A trampoline (duh 😉)
🐔 Galvanized steel wire
🐔 Nylon socks
🐔 Wooden planks
🐔 Clear PVC fabric
🐔 Measuring tape
🐥Tip 1: The Easiest Coop
If you want a chicken coop but don't want to make it hard, there is a super-easy way to make your first coop. Get some galvanized steel wire, wrap it around the bottom, and boom! You've got an enclosure! 😁
Of course, this is not perfect, but it's a great start! Some improvements would be to add a waterproof top to your coop.
A cheap way to get at least a bit of water resistance is to use nylon socks. Cut the socks vertically so you have long nylon sheets, sew them together, and fasten this big sheet over the top of the trampoline! Nylon is water-resistant, so this works great as a quick and cheap option. 💸
🐥Tip 2: Safety
If you live somewhere where animals might try to get your chickens, you may want to take some extra precautions to keep them safe.
One option is to line the bottom of your trampoline coop with wood. Take some wooden planks and bury them halfway into the ground. Four inches above the ground and under is preferable! 😁
These planks make sure animals can't push under the fence and they prevent digging! 🦊 Foxes are a massive danger to chickens, but making digging impossible is a great way to discourage them from trying to get in.
The type of wire you use can affect the safety of your coop as well. Chicken wire is excellent but can be a little flimsy if a particularly determined fox wants to get in or the fence has been up for a long time. Galvanized steel wire lasts a long time and stays tough under force!
🐥Tip 3: Waterproofing
No one likes a leaky roof, and chickens don't, either. ☹️ Making sure your trampoline coop is waterproof or water-resistant is essential in keeping your chickens happy and healthy. 🙂
Of course, there's the option with the nylon socks that we already talked about. Still, if you don't feel like cutting up socks and going through the work of sewing them together, there are other options! 😁
Using a tarp is a fantastic option for the roof of your coop. You can get these easily at any home improvement store or hardware store in any size you need. Tarps are waterproof and will provide great protection from the rain! 💧
Tarps are quick to install, too. Just use some bungee cords to pull it tight around the top, and the chickens will be dry! ☔
🐥Tip 4: Environmental Needs and Wants
Chickens like feeling like they're in a wide-open space, so making sure your coop can accommodate that is important!
Having the sides of the coop be see-through with a mesh wire is an excellent way to keep them happy, but if you can take the top of your trampoline off, you can let the chickens see the sky!😁
To keep them safe and dry without the trampoline fabric, use more wire over the top of the trampoline to keep predators out and attach a see-through waterproof material. The nylon socks will work here, but a thin polyester sheet will work great as well, perhaps even better than the nylon! ☔
If you're looking for a longer-term solution, transparent PVC fabric is a fantastic and durable choice. It lasts forever, is super durable, and will keep all the water out of the coop without sacrificing visibility.
🐥Tip 5: Mobile Chicken Home
Do you want to feed your chickens on your backyard grass but don't want them running around loose? Putting wheels on the bottom of your chicken coop will keep your chickens where you want them and let you move them around with no fuss. 🐓
The mobile chicken home is best for use during the day when you can keep an eye on them. Putting the chickens in a more secure coop during the night so no animals can get at them will keep your chickens safer than staying in the mobile home! 🏠
This mobile chicken coop can almost behave like a lawnmower too! Not a very fast one, but a cheap one! 😂 The chickens will eat the grass under the trampoline, and when you're satisfied with that patch, move them over a bit and start the process again.
🐥Tip 6: Trampoline Chicken Run
Maybe you already have a chicken coop but want to give them some space to run around during the day! In that case, you can take the top of the trampoline, flip the frame upside down and wrap it in a wire fence. You can line this up with the coop door, making a nice yard for the chickens to run around in! 🐓
If you're worried about the security of the walls, you can always get some T-posts to add some stability to the wire. 😁
🐥Tip 7: Just the Frame
Do none of the above options work for you? Feel like putting in some extra work? If you don't care if the trampoline is recognizably a trampoline, you can ditch the top part and springs and just use the frame! 😁
You can cut the frame in half with the right tools before standing each side up to make an archway. Then, connect the arches with chicken wire or a galvanized steel wire, making a sturdy frame!! 🏡
Don't forget to put a waterproof top on this coop! A tarp can cover the top and the backside, giving your chickens some extra rain protection. ☔
If you're particularly crafty, you can use plywood and more chicken wire to make a door!
🐥Tell Me About Your Experience!
Let me know how it goes if you make your trampoline chicken coop! Did you make something new for chickens you already had?
Did you get new chickens to keep? I want to hear about it!
Good luck with your coop-building adventures!😊
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