There’s a lot to be said about plastic… especially when it comes to a plastic chicken coop.
It’s easy to clean, it’s light, it’s colorful. The only commercially available plastic coop, The Omlet Eglu (sic), has been selling from a manufacturer in the United Kingdom over these last years.
But before that came along, plastic has been used in making chicken coops in some very ingenious ways. Surf the web and your bound to run into plans for plastic chicken coops and plastic chicken runs made out of polyvinylchloride (PVC) plumbing pipe.
Those these contraptions are quite functional, they typically won’t be winning any design or beauty awards, nor will they often impress your neighbors. But on the bright side, they are super-easy to clean (which, incidentally, is a big deal).
An interesting feature in one of the plastic coop plans is that the bottom pipes are rigged to hold water, which gives the structure some heft, preventing from flying away during blustery weather.
Draining the water makes the coop and run quite portable. And portability is certainly a plus to help your chickens be as “free-range” as possible and to help prevent the chicken run site from becoming a mud puddle or a dust bowl. (You don’t need a lot of chickens to denude a square yard of lawn in a matter of a few days.)
If you are concerned about plastic not being “green,” but still find that using plastic is the best way to go for your chicken coop, you can consider recycling old plastic structures such as plastic dog houses and plastic playhouses for children. Again, surfing the Web you’ll find instructions on remaking these things into functional coops.
The positive features of plastic have prompted many manufacturers to offer easy to clean plastic nesting boxes, plastic feeding and watering systems, and other plastic coop amenities.
Plastic netting is called for in many coop and run building plans. Here again, the lightness, the ease of cleaning, and the flexibility of plastic are put to good use.
Whether or not you decide to buy a plastic chicken coop or make one as a DIY plumbing or recycling project, considering a plastic coop is definitely a viable and practical option.