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Dinglebay's Chicken Coop

               The "CackleBerry Castle" Project.

My plan is to organize this site.  But some info any way.  A 50 Lb bag of layer pellets fits nicely into a 10 gal. galvanizes trash can  (about $22).  I looked for something cheaper but for me nothing worked as well as the galvanized can.  I am thinking I need two more.  One for a 25lb bag of sunflower seeds.  Should fit about right. I also need something for a bag of scratch.  That I have been buying in 25lb bags and would only fill the can about one half.  May be I will just get 50 lbs at a time.  I have the feed in the garage now.  I am thinking of making the coop a bit larger.  Maybe push out the back 3 or 4 feet.  That would allow me to utilize the space under that part for storage.  That's one thing I should have done from the start is design in some storage space.

 

First Egg Saturday Sept 17th 2011

OK This is as cool as it gets.  The girls were making a racket so my wife and I went out to check.

One of the hens was in the house part of the coop.  My coop design is such that when you open the

door the floor is at waste height.  A hen was "nesting" in the front corner so I petted her and she did not

move.  My wife told me to lift up her tail.  When I did we could see the egg "crowning" and we actually

saw her lay the first egg!  What timing.  

 

The girls were 23 weeks old.

 

Storm Irene Prep Aug 2011

 

 

 

 

Starting to take shape.  I copied Wichita "Cabin Coop"  http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=66725-wichita-cabin-coop 

with my own modifications.  Thanks to  baldessariclan  for his help with my questions and his blessing on copying his design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The details are killing me!  I want it all finished.  I have more pictures coming.  The girls (and one boy) are all settled in their new castle.  They have all learned how to get up on the roosts regularly.  I have installed plumbing for the chicken nipples.  Works great.  I am installing the electrical stuff now.  The plans include a run light, a timer for the coop light, power for the birdbath heater (for the 5 gal. cooler) and the circulating pump, power for the low voltage ground lighting, possibly an electric fence around the base, and last but not least power for the automatic "pop" door!  Ya my wife thinks I am nuts too!

The thing hanging on the top right is a carpenter bee trap.  It did not work but the spray works fine.

Stay tuned.  More pictures and details to follow.  I want to document my whole project so others can take my information and make their coop building experience better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water flows from the cooler through the "coop" down to the run and

back up to the cooler with a small pond pump.  The plan for the winter

is to put a bird bath heater in the cooler and the warm water flowing should

keep all from freezing.  I hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (5)

I would love to know how to get the chickens to get to the water. I am soo very tired of refilling these small waterers! and they get stuff in their waterers etc. Ughhh
I love the chicken nipples. I have a 5 gal cooler with a pump and heater. It is controlled with a thermostat that kicks on at about 35 degrees. It circulates the water through the coop and down to the run, back to the cooler. Works great. nothing to get dirty, the birds love it. No problem down to 10 degrees and I am sure much lower temps won't bother the system.
I would love it if you would post or share more information about your water system. I am planning on building a similar coop. I have the chicken nipples but have not decided how to build the water system. What parts did you use to create yours? Maybe even some more pictures. I could use some help. I think my brain is frying from looking at all the infomation provided on this site. I have been planning for about a year. Finally, my husband got tired of my planning and went out and bought me chickens. So.... no more planning, just building!
I am planning on making my first chicken coop. I was looking at the waterers and thinking they looked insufficient. I would have to be conatantly changing their water because stuff will get in there. I also don't want their water to freeze. live in Massachusetts and it gets cold here. This is a wonderful idea. I hadn't figured out what to do for them yet. This seems great. Hopefully I can figure out hpw to do it..lol. I agree with SimplyLogan...there's a mass of info and ideas, but many how to's..which fry your brain..and in my case..provide some anxiety.
How did you do the automatic pop door?
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