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Brand New Bantam Chicken Coop

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Here is my new chicken coop that I built recently for our bantam chickens.

First let me give credit where credit is due.  I live on a small piece of land and wanted something that looked less barn like and more backyard like.  I found a website called www.greenroofchickencoop.com.  They have one that is more of a 4 x 4 x 4 box.  I modified it to be 4 x 6 x 4 so that I could fit a few more bantams.  They said that the original coop could hold 4 to 6 hens, but I made it bigger and I am having bantams so I hoping that this will hold up to 10 bantams.

A few of the reasons I liked this coop:
1. Non-chicken coop looking, as stated above
2. The box has both the run and the roost in it.
3. Due to the small space in our yard it gives another area to grow produce.
4. easy access to the roost, run, and especially the nesting boxes
5. The roosting area has a screen floor that drops down onto the ground to keep that area clean

Things I am not the biggest fan of:
1. It doesn't allow too much sunlight in, so I am curious how well it is going to keep things dry in there.  It lets tons and tons of air flow through but not too much sun... maybe that will be a good thing.
2. It is near impossible to expand if I want to... I am sure as this addiction grows that will come up with a way, even if it means building more of these "boxes"


Here is the outside of the coop.  It is 4 feet tall and I have yet to plant anything on the top.


http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/chosenchickens/Duckpenchickenpen/IMG_0191.jpg
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Here is the inside of the pen with the two wide doors open up in the front.  As you can see, it has the run underneath the roost, I have the water and feed hanging, and also it is wired so that I have a heat light in the roost and the water can be heated if needs be.  Also, underneath the roost.  My bantams are between 8 and 6 weeks but they alreasy love the place

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/chosenchickens/Duckpenchickenpen/IMG_0195.jpg
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Here is the back side of the coop, as well as pictures into the roosting area and the nesting area

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/chosenchickens/Duckpenchickenpen/IMG_0193.jpg
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Here is a picture of a "matching" duck pen that I built that I hope they will go together.  Here is the link to a post about the duck pen:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=323144


http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz181/chosenchickens/Duckpenchickenpen/IMG_0211.jpg

1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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post #2 of 7

That's a nice pen but it's going to be WAY too small for 10 bantams unless they are out free ranging in the yard daily.  If the pen is their only run access you need about 4-5 square feet of space per bantam, which on the low end is still 40 sq ft.  Your pen is only 24 sq ft, which would only fit about 6 bantams.

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The will be let out into the back yard everyday.  WE are is a populated area and the whole back yard is fenced so I am planning on letting them out as much as possible

1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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Originally Posted by Chosen Chickens 

The will be let out into the back yard everyday.  WE are is a populated area and the whole back yard is fenced so I am planning on letting them out as much as possible


In that case they should have plenty of room!

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Has anyone else on here built a green roof chicken coop?  I would love to see photos

1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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1 Wife, 4 Kids (ages 6, 4, 2, 6 weeks)  1 Rat Terrior named Charles, 2 Bantam Barnevelders (5 weeks old) 1 pair of Mandarin Ducks, 1 pair of Wood ducks, 2 bantam cochins, 1 bantam white crested black polish, 2 quail antwerps, 2 bantam easter eggers, 24 eggs in the bator due the end of march!
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post #6 of 7

Nice job! Please come back to this thread in a few months and give us your updated thoughts.

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WE are is a populated area and the whole back yard is fenced

They can fly to amazing heights...I have a clumsy D'Uccle banty rooster that can fly up to my house roof in the back.  It is only seven feet high back there...but still. 
You might want to lookup how to clip wings if they decide to fly over. 

My experience has been the smaller they are, the higher they can fly.  By small I mean breed, not age.  I have five tiny three week old OE banty chicks now flying three feet high.
Terry in TN

Terry now in North Carolina with a pair of specked Japanese, a mother and two D'Uccle Hens, my old D'Uccle roo, and a recently adopted D'Uccle Roo and a tiny one legged chicken I moved because she needs me. 

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Terry now in North Carolina with a pair of specked Japanese, a mother and two D'Uccle Hens, my old D'Uccle roo, and a recently adopted D'Uccle Roo and a tiny one legged chicken I moved because she needs me. 

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