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Chicken Grow out pen

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I currently have two coops a large coop and run that houses my current flock up to 10 large chickens and a small pen that houses my flock of 5 bantams, I now am however looking to build a grow out pen but I need it to be somewhat moveable? I like getting the chicks outside as soon as I am able but they can't always join the flock at that stage so I wanted something I can store away behind the shed when not in use. I also would like to use this for 1- 2 full size standard birds should I need to separate them for any reason. Does anyone have any photos of something like this that will fit the bill? I can't think I am the only person who has chickens that needs something like this? By the way I used to use the smaller Bantam pen for this purpose but got a flock of bantams instead! Gotta love chicken math! 

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How big do you want it? How weatherproof do you want it? How flat do you want it to break down when it is stored? Will they be roosting in it or just sleep on the floor/ground? For keeping two adult birds, do you need a nest in it?

When I needed something like that I built a permanent structure on the far end of the run and sectioned off a portion of the run to go with it. When it is not in use the run section is open to all but the grow-out coop itself is blocked off.

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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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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

How big do you want it? How weatherproof do you want it? How flat do you want it to break down when it is stored? Will they be roosting in it or just sleep on the floor/ground? For keeping two adult birds, do you need a nest in it?

When I needed something like that I built a permanent structure on the far end of the run and sectioned off a portion of the run to go with it. When it is not in use the run section is open to all but the grow-out coop itself is blocked off.

 

I need it to house 2 - 3 adult birds at the most doesn't necessarily need nesting boxes. For example right now I have an egg eater and I need to start separating them to figure out who the culprit is and I have no where to put them? I have used a dog cage in the past but it's too cold to let them stay all night, so for now I'll just separate them during the day as that is when she is eating the eggs anyway, it's just hard to get to work in the morning and separate hens! lol

 

It doesn't need to break down but I do need to be able to lift it? I am looking at this one right now...http://www.wayfair.com/Aosom-LLC-Pawhut-75-Deluxe-Wooden-Chicken-Coop-Hen-House-with-Outdoor-Run-5663-1481-XAO1309.html

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I have multiple smaller coops of various sizes built for broodies and bantams or for what ever comes up. some take a little effort to move but they all move. Check my thread in my sig for details on them.

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That’s a great example of why I don’t like a pre-fab coop. The roosts are at the same height as the bottom of that nest. Sure they will sleep on the roosts instead of in the nest. You are practically always better off building yourself than buying one of those. Though for a grow-out coop you just block off the nests.

Go to the “coops” tab at the top of this page, look at “chicken tractors”, and find one to build.

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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That’s a great example of why I don’t like a pre-fab coop. The roosts are at the same height as the bottom of that nest. Sure they will sleep on the roosts instead of in the nest. You are practically always better off building yourself than buying one of those. Though for a grow-out coop you just block off the nests.

Go to the “coops” tab at the top of this page, look at “chicken tractors”, and find one to build.

I tried to find a design but most seemed like it would cost more than this to build? I am not too concerned about the roosts being the same height like i said this will be used mainly as a grow out pen but I need to have something I can put a sick or bad hen in from time to time...like right now! 

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