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post #11 of 14

Looks great so far.  Good breed choice as well.  You've selected birds that are usually easy going and all are pretty good layers.  Welcome to the obsession.

post #12 of 14
A craftsman quality build! I would add more light and ventilation. I'm finishing up my first coop -- 8x8 that looks a lot like yours. The 17 ladies are languishing in the garage, awaiting their new home.
post #13 of 14

Looks really good. Too late to help now, but on the roofing nails, most of the box stores sell them in shorter lengths than the basic lumber yards do.......I'm using 7/8" roofing nails on 5/8" plywood roof decking and they are not breaking through. I'm not sure why folks use the longer ones in the 1 1/2" range, unless they have fat chubby fingers and need the longer nails to keep from whacking their thumbs. Once it breaks through the decking, it's not holding tight to anything and it does represent a hazard to navigation when you are inside and beneath the decking.


Two options on adding more ventilation. Simple gable vents if you need some size. But also consider a round dryer vent......the type with a plastic pvc cover with a grid screen. It will be about 3" or so in diameter. Drill a hole in the side up high near the peak........and screw it in place. Put one on either side if you need more.


There is another aspect of "chicken math" that most are not aware of, and that is the factor of size of the coop. A 4' x 6' coop does not sound all that much larger than 4' x 4', but is 50% larger. A 6' x 6' is 2.25 x you go from 4 birds to 9. And square gives you more interior volume per linear foot of wall than a rectangle does. So square gives you the most bang for the buck. 

post #14 of 14
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for ventilation I added a window that will get chicken wire put across it so nothing can go in and out- I have been pretty much adding anything more than one forum poster suggests.  


also added hardware.  I was hoping to get the entire thing painted (it will be painted white to match the house and shed in the backyard, it already has matching shingles) but it has been raining since Saturday and it will rain for at least another week here in the northeast.  


better news, my chicks have shipped!  ordered them last week and they're already on their way!  here's hoping for a successful arrival free of casualties.

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