Originally Posted by atlchicks
Thank you! So if I add on an extra run, do you think this coop can hold 4 chickens? And if I secure the run, would I have to lock the chickens up in the coop at night or could I leave the door open to let them go in and out? Thank you!
if you turn this coop/run combo into a coop then yes.. it can hold 4 chickens but remember to add/leave room for ventilation at the top of the coop to prevent respiratory problems
we are having a heat wave right now 115-117 in my city... it's a good thing i left 3 in gap on 3 sides of the coop +2 rows of 1in holes for ventilation in my coop . i'll put some frozen water bottles inside the coop at night for them to help cool down the coop a bit when they sleep.
and yes.. if you can secure the run there's no reason to lock the coop at night
this is my coop/run combo 4 3/4' x 8' (run) made with 70% off lumber from home depot :) (i'm on a budget) i made a lot of mistakes with this coop since i didn't follow any plan.. just put things together as i go..:/
as you can see.. i didn't create a door for the coop.. the chickens will go in and out on their own ... out at 5:15AM and in at 7:38pm each day i'll let them out of the run each day around 6PM to free roam around the yard while i clean out the run/coop + refill the feeder+waterer
depends on your area.. since around here i already have 6ft concrete wall surrounding the house.. so beside my 10lb dog and the neighbors' cats.. there are nothing to worry about it
but it will depend in your area.. my chickens are outside on day one when i brought them home from the pet store.. they are a couple of weeks old already (picture below)
my dog chased after my chickens the first few times since she was curious about them. since i didn't clip my chickens' wings.. my dog can't catch them so she she gave up after a few attempts
but to be safe i'll only let my chickens out when i'm also outside in the yard.. if not.. the dog will stay in the house with me as the chicken roam the yard.etc
Edited by BruceAZ - 6/5/16 at 5:07pm