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My walk-in Coop

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Hey guys I just completed my walk-in coop and run. I designed it on a budget, with as few materials as necessary without sacrificing structural integrity. The outcome is a dirt floor chicken coop that should last for many years to come. It was designed for 12 chickens. The coop is 6'x8' and the run is 15'x8'. You can also check out the gravity fed feeder and waterer that I made. I will post a link to the video tour below. Hope you enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pullets are currently about 8 weeks old. If you want to see them as day old chicks straight from Murray McMurray hatchery,  check out my unboxing video below.

 

post #2 of 7

Nice looking set up:thumbsup

 

Unfortunately I can't get away with chicken wire with the predators in my area. If only I could it would save a lot compared to heavy gauge welded wire.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Yeah, I built my first coop with hardware cloth. It is much more expensive, especially for a coop this size. I'm within city limits so we dont have too many predators. (knock on wood)

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For stray dog, raccoon, etc. protection I'd put some welded wire on the coop door. Daytime dog attack they can get to coop for protection. A determined dog will easily get through chicken wire. Skunk and raccoon will chew through the wire too so can be secure at night with welded wire on coop door. 

 

I can't imagine the cost of hardware cloth on a run. I use 2x4 welded wire 14 gauge. It's less than $40 a 4ft x 50ft roll. 

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Thats a good idea about the coop door. I think i'll do that. I would also like to get an automatic pop-door in the future. I'm not too concerned about dogs because my back yard is fenced in, but raccoon is a possibility.

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Wow! Your coop + run look great. I'm thinking of building a PVC feeder like that, and have about the same number of chooks in our run at the moment. How long does it take your birds to eat all the feed / how often do you fill it?

 

Also LOL @ your screen name. :lau I can't believe it wasn't already taken by some other blue falcon. you know how they do.

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Oh i know how they do. Haha. Right now i refill it Every 4 days or less. once they are full grown i may need to build a bigger feeder because i dont want to have to fill it up every other day. These girls are HUNGRY
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