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post #11 of 16
You might read through this thread. Where some of us evaluated and discussed some of those coops. Notice the title of the thread.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/852529/money-poorly-spent

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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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post #12 of 16
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Pay special attention to hinges, screws, and nails. They need to be galvanized or stainless steel. Every other metal will rust when exposed to ocean air.

That's a good point. It also occurred to me that the coop has to be hurricane- and tornado-proof. Oh boy!

post #13 of 16
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You might read through this thread. Where some of us evaluated and discussed some of those coops. Notice the title of the thread.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/852529/money-poorly-spent

Very interesting! 

post #14 of 16

Definitely try Craigslist! We just got our chicks and we're having our coop made by a small business we found (and they're in Central Florida if that helps.) They're super reasonable and way better than what we found at Rural King or Tractor Supply. We almost bought one but decided to do a little more research before committing that kind of money to something that may not work well, and after finding this website, I'm really glad we didn't get one, lol!

Kate

 

1 Husband, 1 Boy, 3 Kitties, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Delawares, & 3 Easter Eggers.

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Kate

 

1 Husband, 1 Boy, 3 Kitties, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Delawares, & 3 Easter Eggers.

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post #15 of 16

We bought our first coop from a ranching store... looked so cute sitting in the lobby!

 

Yeah, well, one winter in Wyoming later, the thing just doesnt hold up to wind and weather at all.  If you were in a very temperate climate, it would be fine.  It is no longer square at the joints, but "cater-wonk", most of the doors will not open / close, the wood is bulging and bubbled, etc....  Needless to say, we are now building a new coop for the girls in the barn...

 

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We bought our first coop from a ranching store... looked so cute sitting in the lobby!

 

Yeah, well, one winter in Wyoming later, the thing just doesnt hold up to wind and weather at all.  If you were in a very temperate climate, it would be fine.  It is no longer square at the joints, but "cater-wonk", most of the doors will not open / close, the wood is bulging and bubbled, etc....  Needless to say, we are now building a new coop for the girls in the barn...

 

 

 

Oh wow! Your extreme weather is on the other end of the spectrum. I can see how ongoing heat and moisture can also damage the wood where I live. Better be safe than sorry, I'm convinced they're not worth the risk. Off to the lumber store then! 

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