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Coop Finished, the neighbors must think we're nuts.

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I've been working on this thing since late April.  My neighbors thought it was going to be a playhouse for the kids.  I think I saw eyebrows raise when I told them it was a chicken coop.  Visit my coop page if you want to see more pics, the build in progress and our hens.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/iowa-coop

 

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Wow, that looks really  nice!!!

In the Coop: 1 buff orp, 3 lavender orps, 1 barred rock, and 1 mystery (supposedly olive egger).
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In the Coop: 1 buff orp, 3 lavender orps, 1 barred rock, and 1 mystery (supposedly olive egger).
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post #3 of 8
That is intense! Lucky ladies😊
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That is a beaut! Just make sure you have an auto door on that coop to keep predators out, since 2x4 farm fencing won't keep out weasels, rats, snakes, etc. Hardware cloth is very expensive for the entire run, so an auto door made the most sense for my situation (I'm also using farm fence for my extended run).
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Thanks.  No auto door yet, but we are locking all of the coop doors at night, the main and run access.  They all make there way into the coop just before dark, we lock the door behind them.

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Thanks.  No auto door yet, but we are locking all of the coop doors at night, the main and run access.  They all make there way into the coop just before dark, we lock the door behind them.

That works. I opened and closed my coop every evening for over a year. It's just a pain when you are out with friends and have to run home to close the coop (well, sometimes it is a great excuse to cut out heh) or want to get away for a few days. I know auto doors are expensive, but they are worth it.

I am happier, and more important my chickens are happier with the auto door. They get outside at first sunlight, and are secured every night. Technically I don't have to do anything besides check their food and water every few days, but of course I still visit with them several times a day. Even if I let them free range and forget to close the run, I can sleep good knowing they are still safe.
post #7 of 8

beautiful

post #8 of 8
Beautiful design and wonderful craftsmanship!
The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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