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stealth chicken coop (with pictures)

post #1 of 47
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we just got are 4-5 week old chicks out in the coop. the coop is 4x8 and about 3 1/2 feet tall. the fenced in place were they can run around outside there run is about 10x20 they will also be out in the yard during theday when we are home. it took a lot longer then we hoped. i had arm surgery 5 weeks ago so doing most of the building one handed. the wife and kids  also helped a lot. she would hold the boards to be screwed in. are 4 year old girl helped paint it (and my boots) older boys helped move some lumber and hold stuff. it came out ok. things did not line up a lot of the time and the ground is not leave were it is. but all in all it works out.

what do u all think?

ryan

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Edited by ra - 3/25/09 at 4:01pm

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post #2 of 47

I like it.

And I'm adding it to my list of "45 reasons Dh needs to build us a deck".  smile

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post #3 of 47

Great idea!

Are those black australorps?

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post #4 of 47

Excellent!big_smile

post #5 of 47

VERY nice use of space!! Good job!! http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cheerleader3.gif

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post #6 of 47
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yep there  black australorps. forgot that part. wife has some silkies coming in as well. not sure what we are going to do with them. she said something about dippers roll

ryan

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post #7 of 47

Nice undercover work!! Great idea.

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post #8 of 47

wow!  Very cool!  I think that's an awesome idea!  Plus, it looks like they have a double-layer of protection at night.... the fence around the "run" under the deck, plus the locked up coop.  Very cool, congrats!

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post #9 of 47

I love the under the deck!


How will you clean coop?

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post #10 of 47

Ryan,

Good job!

May I make a recommendation?  I would replace the chicken wire door with one made of hardware cloth. 
Coons are very stong and DETERMINED BUGGERS.  I can easily see them chewing through the lattice and the chicken wire to get at your chickens.
I can't tell from the photo but use two locks on the coop door, one at the top and bottom to keep a coon from squeezing in.

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