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Hi everyone,

 

I'm getting my coop together for my first chickens and I am trying to decide a few things. I was hoping some of you more experienced chicken folks might be able to help. 

 

I have seen some great designs for hoop coops and started to build one. However, there is actually already a closed in coop on my property that somebody left before I moved in. It looks like a mini-shed that the chickens can go into. Unfortunately, it is a heavy, immovable coop and my chickens will have to be confined because  I live in a duplex and I share the yard with my neighbors and their four dogs. I could add a run to the existing coop but then the chickens wouldn't get to range over the whole yard. For this reason I was leaning towards a hoop coop so I can move it around the yard. I live in N. Florida so I think it could be suitable for chickens year round. Assuming that I don't have predator problems (electric fence combined with the four dogs in my yard should keep most of them away) would the chickens be fine in a hoop coop at night if half of it was covered in tarps and there were some boards and branches for them to roost on? Is it better to actually have a completely enclosed coop made out of solid material for them to roost in? My primary concern is winter. I do live in Florida but we can still have rare instances in which the temperatures drop into the 20's or even the teens for a few days. I am worried that if the chickens are just in a hoop coop they will be too cold, even with tarps covering half of the coop.

 

I am also considering connecting the hoop coop to the existing shed-like coop but making it detachable so I can move the chickens to different foraging areas each day. I could then re-attach it in the evening so they can go into the wooden coop. Since I am new to keeping chickens I don't really know how they behave and I am worried that if they perceive the wooden coop as their safe space they might not like being selected from it while in the hoop coop. 

 

I appreciate any thoughts or advice. Thanks for your time.

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This guy has a removable run attached to a stationary coop:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkGFDHzO6Us0ldZKQusdRw

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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