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Chook house plans for 'Les Poules' - help / feedback for a newbie please!

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Hi, I'm very new to this and trying to get it right before I start! Thanks to the great advice on here I've already decided to scrap (well totally change the size anyway) my original plans but I thought I'd share them then if there are any glaring issues you guys can tell me so I dont' make them on plan mark 2! Sorry to those of you that are used to feet - it is all in metres, my concrete base is 2x2.2 m which is about 6.5 x 7 and a bit feet. Basically I have an existing large gate and posts to for a huge run and a concrete base to build a coop and enclosed run on. i want it to be pretty as we live in an area that is very pretty and the neighbours have lovely gardens etc and figure it is as easy to build something nice as something ugly! My revised plans will have the coop bit a rectangle - so double the current size. If anyone has any ideas that they think would work well that I've not thought of I'd love to hear them! All openings will have 1/2 inch hardcloth and there is obviously the predator proof concrete base which will be totally covered in the hardcloth. The day run will have 1 inch hardcloth and be open topped at this stage. We do have hawks but there are lots of freeranging chooks down our lane and I've not heard of them being attacked but if I needed to I could cover them. Current plan is for 4 standard size laying chickens and 2 silkies.

Here is the ready to go area:

 

And the mark 1 plans (some of the measurements are not quite right on the plan - the base is 20 cm bigger in one direction). Also east side not shown - it will have a big window to let in air and light.

 

 

 

Please excuse my terrible drawing skills!

This one is only showing the front 1/2 of the coop as coudln't work out how to get the perspective further back!

 

This is kind of the idea of the run - although it is not as rectangle as this:


Edited by PouleChick - 4/7/16 at 9:59am
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It sounds like a very sturdy coop and almost definitely predator proof, but the cement idea throws me. I think that the cement would be bad for their feet, but I've never tried a cement run. Good luck!

Proud owner of a 5 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix, Thor; a Betta fish, Wallace; and a 12 year old snake, Stryker. Butler to two 9 year old cats, Tillie and Toto; Iowa blues: Bella, Dolly, Barbie, Kitty, Sweetie,Goldie, Lola, Blue, and Butch; an IB/EE pullet, Indie; a RIR, Louisa; Molly the CW; a BA, Ivan; Sultan "Sully" the Silkie; 12 lil fluffbutts; and a 4 year old Easter Egger named Hedwig.
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Proud owner of a 5 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix, Thor; a Betta fish, Wallace; and a 12 year old snake, Stryker. Butler to two 9 year old cats, Tillie and Toto; Iowa blues: Bella, Dolly, Barbie, Kitty, Sweetie,Goldie, Lola, Blue, and Butch; an IB/EE pullet, Indie; a RIR, Louisa; Molly the CW; a BA, Ivan; Sultan "Sully" the Silkie; 12 lil fluffbutts; and a 4 year old Easter Egger named Hedwig.
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It sounds like a very sturdy coop and almost definitely predator proof, but the cement idea throws me. I think that the cement would be bad for their feet, but I've never tried a cement run. Good luck!


I'll be covering it - I think with sand in the summer and possibly the deep litter method in the summer (more research and decisions lol!), I wont' just leave it bare - not sure if it would be bad for their feet but can't imagine it being comfy or easy to clean if it was bare.

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I've just done the maths and with the current style plan if I run the coop all along one side 1m x 2.2m it would be enough for 6 chickens (do the silkies need less space for the maths?) but haven't seen any coops that are long and thin like that in that style. Can anyone help? Would I be better doing it square still but just bigger so then the run bit wraps around like an 'L'?

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I'm thinking in terms of cleaning and access which would be easier - long and thin (3 foot x 7 and a bit foot) or 5 foot square ish both for the same floor space?

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For the long vs. square idea for cleaning I think it depends on where your door to clean is. I have an approximately 1m x 2m x 1m "long" brooder coop/quarantine coop. I have a fold down hatch on the short side to access feed and water, but on the "long" side opposite the window I have a board with a track to slide up and down and is secured with a screw at the top. I use the side that essentially removes to clean it out and I have no problems, but if I had to clean from the short side it would be a lot more difficult. It all depends on how you plan on cleaning it out. On the silkie/bantam note, bantams do need slightly less, but as is always the case, more room is always better. I plan for at least 4 sq. feet for large fowl, and 3 sq. feet for bantams. With the run also it seems to be whatever you want to have on your coop. A square coop with an "L" run might save more space, but might take a little more planning. Personally I prefer my runs to be rectangles extending from my coop just for simplicity's sake. Mine also seemed roomier than my L run. Hope it helps!

Proud owner of a 5 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix, Thor; a Betta fish, Wallace; and a 12 year old snake, Stryker. Butler to two 9 year old cats, Tillie and Toto; Iowa blues: Bella, Dolly, Barbie, Kitty, Sweetie,Goldie, Lola, Blue, and Butch; an IB/EE pullet, Indie; a RIR, Louisa; Molly the CW; a BA, Ivan; Sultan "Sully" the Silkie; 12 lil fluffbutts; and a 4 year old Easter Egger named Hedwig.
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Proud owner of a 5 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix, Thor; a Betta fish, Wallace; and a 12 year old snake, Stryker. Butler to two 9 year old cats, Tillie and Toto; Iowa blues: Bella, Dolly, Barbie, Kitty, Sweetie,Goldie, Lola, Blue, and Butch; an IB/EE pullet, Indie; a RIR, Louisa; Molly the CW; a BA, Ivan; Sultan "Sully" the Silkie; 12 lil fluffbutts; and a 4 year old Easter Egger named Hedwig.
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