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post #11 of 15

Welcome!  All good ideas already.  Build BIG, and really consider a shed conversion, not a dog-house on stilts design.  Ventilation and predator protection and more than minimum floor space.  Cute is nice, but function is more important.  I'm all in favor of the pizza and beer!  Mary

post #12 of 15

Welcome to BYC!!  Glad you found it.

 

Loved the HUGE post by RidgeRunner and we use that beer, soda & PIZZA (or burgers or chicken sandwiches - basic) trick as much as possible now that we are older.  Plus it's more fun!  No or less beer during the build or dimensions may be off.  We have our own truck (a bantam size and a "giant" size  :lau  )

 

Hoop, hoop, de-hoop!  I love hoop coops built with cattle/stock panels.  Nice size to start out with even if using only 1 cattle panel, affordable and they can be dressed in a variety of ways - chicken wire, hardware cloth, tarps, plastic, wood, green house panels, roofing panels - corrugated, plastic, aluminum or steel, vents.  Wood, steel or PVC base.  Our family/friends drink a lot of soda - 2 ltr bottle type, and I'm working on a way to roof our hoop coops and pony feed sheds by re-purposing the bottles.  Have a ways to go yet but hoping to have the first one done during the Christmas Holidays.  Only just here on this property for a year now - collecting bottles.  Have had a few friends collecting, too, but then a couple lost theirs when they were mistakenly taken to dump or put in burn pile...  Tis OK.

 

The ground can be left bare for DLM - easy to care for.  Different configurations for water, feeders, roosts, pop door and nesting boxes.

 

AND hoop coops can be expanded in either direction for more coop space or more run space.  They can be built in a permanent spot or they can be made to move as in a chicken tractor.

 

There are many hoop coops on this forum in different spots... 


Edited by paintedChix - 12/20/15 at 5:43am

Larry & Paula Hoffman

LP Painted Ponys

Cameron, NC

 

Barnyard chix - 2 PRs, 2 EEs,  1 cuckoo Marans, 2 buff Wyandottes, 5 Bantams, 1 OE,  2 Blue Ameraucanas; 1  roo, 1 blue Ameraucana roo. 12 BrahmaX pullets in a pasture tractor & 9 BrahmaX cockerels, 3 barnyard roos for freezer camp

Painted Shetland ponies doing farm work on 21 acres of land.  Some gardening.  Self sufficient?

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Larry & Paula Hoffman

LP Painted Ponys

Cameron, NC

 

Barnyard chix - 2 PRs, 2 EEs,  1 cuckoo Marans, 2 buff Wyandottes, 5 Bantams, 1 OE,  2 Blue Ameraucanas; 1  roo, 1 blue Ameraucana roo. 12 BrahmaX pullets in a pasture tractor & 9 BrahmaX cockerels, 3 barnyard roos for freezer camp

Painted Shetland ponies doing farm work on 21 acres of land.  Some gardening.  Self sufficient?

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post #13 of 15

I'll throw in my $0.02 to all the other good advice here.

 

Read...repeat...read everything on this site.  If you think of a question, type it in the search box and chances are 99+% it's been answered.  I spent about six months researching BEFORE I got any chicks.  Time spent now in preparation will save you loads of time and money and grief down the road.

 

You will also need to be prepared for any medical emergencies (search for some good threads on what to have on hand).  Some of the possible things that can go wrong with chicks (like coccidiosis) can kill chicks before the medicine can arrive...so it's best to have a little first aid box with some common items.  Locate an avian vet now and see if they treat chickens (or talk with a regular vet if you can't find an avian one) in case something really serious happens that you can't handle.


Edited by Cacique500 - 12/20/15 at 8:12am
post #14 of 15
If you are building a chicken coop, why pizza? Get a bucket of fried chicken. It seems more appropriate.

You might even get a poster for coop interior decorations to show them the consequences of not laying right. That doesn’t always work though. I tried that when explaining why some should go broody but it did not work.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #15 of 15
Oh, with biscuits and honey, RR? That would be great! You must have smarter chickens than I do - mine don't read the chicken books to know how to behave so I doubt they'd even notice a poster. Stoopid chickens!
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