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My first post showing the progress of my coop

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Hi everyone,

 

This is my first post and am happy to be on the site.  Incredible resource!  I figured for my first post I'd share some pics and the progress of my first ever coop.  Any feedback is appreciated as this is my first experience with chickens.  After only ten weeks, we are loving it.  

 

 

Photo 1:  This is the coop before staining it.  I put the coop on some treated 4x4s to keep it off the ground and hopefully add a little life to it.  :)

 

I also stapled chicken wire to the 4x4s around the entire perimeter approximately 2 feet out.  Hopefully this will help with predators wanting to burrow.  I will keep my fingers crossed.

 

 

 

Photo 2:  This is just a close up of the chicken wire around the perimeter.  The wire on the walls of the coop is a lot tighter, as you could see in the photo, in terms of the size of the openings to hopefully help protect against predators.  The top of the coop has the same tighter wiring as well. 

 

 

Photo 3:  This is a photo of the completed coop with some of the girls (we hope the are hens) hanging around.  I placed some stepping stones and river pebbles around the perimeter of the coop and on top of the chicken wire to hopefully further prevent predators from burrowing.  I was told that the buried chicken wire and stones on top should help with predators. 

 

 

Photo 4:  The girls (hopefully they are all hens) like their new home.  I decided to go with a sand base in the run and they seem to like it very much so far.  I bought a kitty litter scooper and cleaning seems to be fairly easy.

 

 

Photo 5:  We love to let them roam the yard as often as possible and they seem to enjoy it as well.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the pics.  Feel free to share any thoughts, advice, etc.

 

Best wishes to all.

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look like professionally made that is for sure

 

it's perfect as is.. you are a natural at this from the start ;)

 

 

btw did you use treated lumber by any chance?

 

 

a suggestion-- coat the woods with 2-3 layer of waterproof finish (for water and uv protection) will help your coop/run last for a really long time

 

actually.. it might be too late.. since the chickens are already moved in.. so maybe just the exterior woods that are exposed to the elements should be sufficient.

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Thank you for the reply and kind words, I truly do appreciate it.

 

Yes, all of the wood was purchased as treated from the 4x4s to the coop wood itself.  In addition, I sealed the coop and run wood with a coat of sealing/staining paint to hopefully add more protection from UV rays, water, etc.  I added the coat of paint well before introducing the hens.  

 

Best wishes!!!        


Edited by Chickenmeister - 6/1/16 at 10:42am
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Thank you for the reply and kind words, I truly do appreciate it.

 

Yes, all of the wood was purchased as treated from the 4x4s to the coop wood itself.  In addition, I sealed the coop and run wood with a coat of sealing/staining paint to hopefully add more protection from UV rays, water, etc.  I added the coat of paint well before introducing the hens.  

 

Best wishes!!!        

 

if that is the case then there's no need to coat it ..

 

I have to ask.. did you look up the effect of using treated lumber for the coop?  any potential problem when exposed to rain and sun  

 

will it release anything in the air that will cause any respiratory problem for the chickens? i'm curious about it

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chicken wire is really easy for animals to tear through and, if buried, will rust away to nothing in no time at all. I would replace the chicken wire along the ground with hardware cloth.

Also, you will want to staple it higher up on the wood so that it runs down flush with the face of the wood and makes a 90 degree bend where the lumber meets the ground. The way you've got it installed now it is very easy for a digging predator to get its claws between the wire and the wood and just yank it away.
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Great question.  BYC has some old threads on the topic and it seems that I will be OK.  Only the 4x4s, which covers the perimeter of the run is treated.  All of the other wood came stained and sealed.  I sealed the top of the treated 4x4s and sand basically covers the sides in the run.  Since this is in the open air, I should be OK.  The birds have been in there for a month and they look great to me.  Appreciate the question.  Best wishes.   

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chicken wire is really easy for animals to tear through and, if buried, will rust away to nothing in no time at all. I would replace the chicken wire along the ground with hardware cloth

 

it looks fine to me

 

in the final pictures

 

he/she put rocks on top of it (chicken wire)

 

i'm in arizona.. and we use the same thing for our landscaping to prevent weeds and to save water.  Xeriscaping is what they call it.

 

no dog will dig through layers of golf ball size rocks with sharp edges

 

i would not walk on these rocks bare foot

 

if are you worry about it though. put 2x6x12 on top of the rocks.. but it will ruin the appeal of the run though ?

 

personally it looks perfect as is.

 

@chickenmeister.. what's the total cost on this coop/run of your?  i'm curious :)


Edited by BruceAZ - 6/1/16 at 12:29pm
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