These shelters are also used for summer rain getaways for the sheep and goats when they are in the electric net fencing on pasture. They make excellent growing out pens and the farm coops have had rabbits, baby goats, chicks, ducklings, adult ducks and chickens, turkeys and even puppies in them. For security, the ends that house birds have stucco wire fixed tightly so no predators can get in, or a combination of chicken wire over the livestock panel and hardware cloth and stucco wire on the ends. Perches are 4 inch fence posts wired to the spaces in the panels, though even large tree branches have been wired in place. This year we will be using slabs, which are pine or spruce boards rough cut to 99 inches by 1 inch thick by 6 inches wide. Cut in half to 3 inches, they are ideal for chicken perches so they can keep their feet flat and rest their warm bellies over the toes, rather than curl them under. That is where the risk of getting cold is problematic.
These coops can be covered with clear plastic and used for green houses as well. I think the possibilities are about as many as the imagination desires, but the best thing is I can build them myself, though I have been fortunate from time to time to have help.
Tomorrow, the plywood will be put on, instead of a tarp, and maybe even painted. I suppose with a door and window, the coop could be a mini shed or garage for a lawn tractor. Hey, come to think of it, I need one of those....hmmm.