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Started building my Coop! - Page 5

post #41 of 45
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Made some great progress to my coop and figured I'd share where I'm at!

All 4 sides are now up and the sheeting is on the roof, just needs drip edge, felt and shingles! My pop door is complete, although I have a few minor modifications to make, but that's just to make it more user friendly. I have 38x38 doors on both sides which ads now hinged and have their locks installed. This should make for easy access to the roosts on one side and a feeder/water on the other. All my venting is done. I have a long closes able window/vent on the side that the pop door is on. There is a window/vent on the other side as well, as well as a rough opening for a window. I have some high quality greenhouse material that will allow for natural light and solar heat, just need to frame it and install it. I did 8x16 ridge vents and used soffet louvered covers which will also have hardware cloth on the inside to add for extra security.

I constructed an external nest box, but need to do more research before deciding the best route to go, i.e., one big box, multiple smaller ones etc. my only issue now will be moving the coop away from my house and to its "resting" place, as it got heavy quick! A buddy of mine has a skid loader with forks on it so I'm thinking he can pick it up and slowly move it.[IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG]
post #42 of 45

Looking real good!

 

I'd definitely make that at least two individual nesting boxes (dependent on it's overall length). I've read no less than a foot of width per box. I'll let some of the experts chime in though. 

post #43 of 45
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Well the coop build is nearing completion. Paint is all that's left for the physical coop, and here in Minnesota it may be June before enough good dry days are strung together to paint. All the materials for the run are purchased, doing a foot apron of hardware cloth, running 3 feet high, then 2x4 welded fence the rest of the way. Temporary aviary betting on top until I get time to do steel roof matching the coop. It was an eventful day, and I'm thankful for good friends. A buddy of mine brought his skid loader over and leveled out the final place the coop and run will be. He then picked the coop up and we got it placed. Big things! Chooks are between 3 and 4 weeks old now, and quickly feathering out. I'll take a few photos of the run as it comes together too.
post #44 of 45

Nice!!

 

I'd go at least 18" on the apron.

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 #45 of 45
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Well all run pieces were assembled tonight and I assembled what I could before nightfall. Here's the progress!

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