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I new to the group.  I'm in the process of completing an application for a small scale organic farm where eggs are a major crop.  But its still quite small, less than 50 birds. 

 

As I go through the application process I uncover that USDA rules state you can't use treated lumber for anything that poultry may contact, thus I can't use it for the coop.  So I am wondering, which brought me here, if there are any current alternatives that are pre-fabricated.  Does anyone sell acceptable coops?  I can build one, but pre fabricated would save me a lot of time.  

 

-Cahli

Stratus Farm

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Hi welcome-byc.gif Cahli

Glad you could join us here! You might like to pop the coop section of the forum for members there who could help you. Here is the link ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-amp-run-design-construction-amp-maintenance

I hope your plans work out well and that you can get the coop you need.
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Hi Cahli and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Many pre fabs are not constructed to hold up to weather extremes, etc.  They also overstate how many birds can fit comfortably inside.  Chickens HATE being overcrowded and act out in  very bad ways. Rule of thumb is 4-5 sq. feet per bird inside the coop (excluding nest boxes and roosts.)  and 10 sq. feet per bird inside the outdoor run. Have you checked out the coops section for designs, materials,  sizes  etc

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