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Quick backstory: I decided to take the plunge into having backyard chickens and built a coop this weekend with help from friends. See picture below (still some painting left to do):

 

 

 

 

I'm receiving 3 chickens in 4-5 weeks. I was thinking of going with a 12 lb hanging feeder and a 2 gallon water fountain. Before doing that, I was hoping I could get some suggestion on location and type of feeders/water fountains to get with this chicken coop set up.

 

PS> I live in Wisconsin.

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First, welcome to BYC.  Poultry keeping is a lot of fun.  That coop is cute, but I am anticipating that you will have some problems with it.  It looks like it might be big enough for one bird.  They need 4 sq. foot of floor space in the coop, and 10 sq. ft. of space in the run to prevent overcrowding.  You will need to keep the feed and water outside of the coop, in the run area to make room for them to go in the coop.  There is not enough room in the coop to allow roosting.  If they are too crowded, you are likely to have issues with aggression and disease.  How will you deal with them in the winter when the snow and wind are howling?  

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Thanks for the response. From the plans, it says it is fine for 2-4 birds. To give dimensions, the picture there is 4' wide, 10 'long and 4 'tall. It includes 2 nest boxes that are on the opposite side. I can provide more detailed dimensions tonight, but I certainly hope this will work with 3 birds.

 

Also, I plan on putting chicken wire in between the bottom gaps of our 6' privacy fence in our yard so I'll be able to free range them as well.

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