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post #11 of 15
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Thank you all. I'm wondering, I will be building this from scratch (of course with help) and do you know how I should make the inside of the coop? Pictures would be great if possible. I will also be moving the opening on the coop from the bottom to the side, that way I can put in a slide out tray to clean the inside easily, and then I want to expand the run to put some roosts in, but also make it look like a part of the design, I also want to make 3 nesting boxes, that way laying hens and broody hens won't get in the way of each other, and then I'm going to make the planter on the opposite side, that way I can still grow my herbs, but have enough run space and raise the run up a little higher to look like it's apart of the design. One other thing does anyone know how to keep the whole run dry from rain, but still be able to be fully sunned? Is there anything else I should do? Any more recommendations? smile.png

Thanks Ballerina Brid for the pics. very helpful. smile.png
Edited by CherriesBrood - 1/31/16 at 7:01pm
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post #12 of 15
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Is there any other ideas on how I should do a Banty coop? smile.png
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post #13 of 15
I cheated big time. I made my coop 4×8×8 with nest boxes sticking out the side. I'm short so my roost boards are 4 ft at highest. I put in a solid floor so it could be swept easy, or scraped with a poo (paint) scraped. It was constructed totally out of rough cut lumber and branches from our property. That worked in unison with 99th 16×24 run and lots of free range time. Then came NY winter. So I moved my flock of 20 to my barn in a 16×8 section and moved the run to the barn window so they could still go outside. 2×6 for roost and a ground level 3×3 box for a nest. They are happy, I get lots of eggs.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by CherriesBrood View Post
that way I can put in a slide out tray to clean the inside easily, 

Have you had slide out trays before?  One of my coops has one....  Bunnies are in there at the moment (yes, quantity and quality differs from chooks) but it's more trouble than it's worth.  Animals don't poo in a thin layer so as to stay level with the tray.  In my experience, they tend to poo in one spot, or a selection of favoured spots.  When you pull the tray out, any higher area of poo gets scraped on the underside of the tray insert.  Also, my chooks do pretty big poos, in the shallow trays on this coop, I reckon you'd always be squelching it through the tray holder.  If you are going to have trays, I'd make them deeper than the depth of the commercially available type.  The tray is also difficult to manipulate and to carry, and if you don't want to carry it to the compost bin, it's hard to transfer the poo from this big wide thing to a bucket or something.  I'm not a fan of trays. 

post #15 of 15
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Hmm, well I am planning on making it a bit deeper, and I will be using shavings on the bottom that way the poop won't stick.
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