Originally Posted by athomas718
What are the essentials needed for coop living for pullets?
We covered the floors with linoleum and insulated the walls. We plan on using a window as a run door but we don't have the run built yet and it's on the back burner for now since we are going to let them free range in the summer. We want the run done by August but for now it's not priority.
We also want to use the other window in our shed as vent Windows.
What should we make sure in terms of predetor protection and living needs. I know they need feed and water and roosts. Lol but they don't really need the nests until closer to laying time right?
No nests needed until laying time, correct. Good not to get them in that habit of sleeping in them. Mine just started laying last week...I put an old covered litterbox full of shavings in their pen when I saw their combs start reddening and some of the pullets started squatting for me. Those that are laying have found it acceptable.
Feed, water, roosts cover the basics. You'll need to decide what you'd like to use as bedding over the linoleum. Cover any openings with 1/2" hardware cloth to prevent predators from gaining entry. Make sure the door has a raccoon-proof latch.
If you're free-ranging, then having a night-light inside the coop (at least temporarily) may make it easier to get them in it at dusk until they have the routine down.
My smaller free-rangers like to huddle together in a large dog house in their pen for comfort/warmth. The bigger ones prefer the roosts. A cardboard box would probably work just fine for a huddle box if you'd like to provide one (probably a good idea if it gets chilly at night).