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post #11 of 19

So, you'll be coming to my place to build one, when? :lol:  That's beautiful. 

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #12 of 19
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So, you'll be coming to my place to build one, when? :lol:  That's beautiful. 


Thinking of moving to Oregon in a few years. Who knows :)

post #13 of 19
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Here are some pics of my coop project. It's a variation of the mul-t-coop from the DIY Chichen Coop book.





I haven't got the two side rooms done, but the birds are moved into the large room. It has an 8x12 coop, 2 8x8s & an 8x12 storage room. Once it's warm enough, I'll trim it out & paint.






















I picked up some used windows for $40.



















Roost lifts up for cleaning.


Sliding door is a re-purposed refrigerator shelf.













Inside you can see the pull cable for the sliding door.





I'll add more pictures once it's painted & the side coops are finished.
On the subject of ventilation...if the eaves are vented, you can install a ridge vent to allow the free air flow for the coop...I installed one on my coop and have a screen covered opening in the ceiling of the coop into the air space where the roof vents to and the ridge vent covers. In the winter I crack open the upper half of the double hung window...in the summer I open the bottom...or both partly open...seems to keep it well ventilated...without causing any drafts.
post #14 of 19

Wow, lots of space, NICE!

 

Agrees deep overhangs for ventilation would be good, little late now maybe, tho I changed out my flush roof with deep overhangs.

 

Also, question no foundation under floor joists??

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #15 of 19
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Wow, lots of space, NICE!

Agrees deep overhangs for ventilation would be good, little late now maybe, tho I changed out my flush roof with deep overhangs.

Also, question no foundation under floor joists??
my coop is up on a deck that was built for a dog run, off the side of my garage...I wanted it up high enough to air out....protect the wood from rotting...and so nothing would be tempted to take up residence under it...the coop floor is made of treated plywood with a layer of 1 inch blue board insulation followed by regular plywood...then...I covered that with rubber roofing...tacked down tight and running up the walls for about 4 inches...I put a drain in floor. The rubber doesn't absorb moisture so the bedding stays dry. It gets really cold in the winter and can get pretty warm in the summer....with the ventilation and the insulation it stays warm in the winter and with a small fan tolerable in the summer...the covered run gives them a safe place to roost in the summer if they want to be outside. I will be covering it with 1/2 inch hardware cloth as soon as I can get enough...that will protect them from most predators...and I won't have to close them in at night. Sorry about that...long answer! I get carried away sometimes.
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...the covered run gives them a safe place to roost in the summer if they want to be outside. I will be covering it with 1/2 inch hardware cloth as soon as I can get enough...that will protect them from most predators...and I won't have to close them in at night. Sorry about that...long answer! I get carried away sometimes.

The covered run is an EXCELLENT feature for the chickens to camp out overnight during summer. :thumbsup

post #17 of 19

 

Very very nice coop!!

 

I only saw one thing I would tweak...under your roosts you have pine shavings...I'd put 2x4's around that and make a box, and fill it with Sweet PDZ.  Cleanup will be super quick and easy that way!


Edited by Cacique500 - 1/23/16 at 10:19am
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Very very nice coop!!

I only saw one thing I would tweak...under your roosts you have pine shavings...I'd put 2x4's around that and make a box, and fill it with Sweet PDZ.  Cleanup will be super quick and easy that way!

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The covered run is an EXCELLENT feature for the chickens to camp out overnight during summer. thumbsup.gif
Thank you! I'm always trying to make it better for my birdies.
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Also, question no foundation under floor joists??

After assembling the joists, I leveled with blocks & bricks. It's built over the rock foundation of an old horse stable that I tore down. Joists & flooring are treated. It's all good.

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