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New Coop nearing completion - suggestions sought

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Greetings,

 

After several weeks work, the coop I am constructing for my wife is nearing completion.   The facility will be home to six hens and is located in North San Diego County (never too hot, never too cold!)

 

I have designed and constructed an automatic coop door opener using the auto antenna method.   I bought a cheap NEMA rated box on Amazon and a couple of CN101 timers to run the door and an internal light.   I have the light so I can keep 14 hours of light on the girls in the winter so I can increase egg production.   I will post details on the electrical setup later, but all the parts were well under $100 for the controls and such.

 

I have cup waterers located under the coop and they are fed from a bucket that has a float switch in it to keep it full.   I will be adding a treadle feeder that will have an added PVC fill tube so we can be away for a few days without worry.

 

The coop features a pull out poop tray that is under the roosting bars and will be filled with Sweet PDZ.   The Chicken run is 20 feet long, 3 feet high and 3 feet wide.

 

I used an old Neighborhood Watch sign for the door - it was left over when we set up the signs on our street and seemed to be a fitting item for a coop door.

 

More pics coming in another post.

 

 

 

 

 

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I love the sign for the coop door! I'm also finishing my coop myself and dream of someday having a solar powered door. 

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Maude (RIR), Hazel (white Silkie), Gertie (SLW), and Phyllis (Crele Polish). Hatched 5/5/16.
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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Maude (RIR), Hazel (white Silkie), Gertie (SLW), and Phyllis (Crele Polish). Hatched 5/5/16.
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Here are some additional images

 

 

 

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