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My husband and I have been working on this coop for a year. It's finally (for now) done!! I love it and I have the happiest chickens! We currently have 10 but there is more space on the roost and plenty of run space. They never fight or peck each other. So far we have about $700 into this coop, including paint. I have underground power to the coop for a water heater and a heat lamp inside for the negative 0 days in the winter. In the summer I have 2 lights, 1 on the coop and 1 in the run. I wish the coop itself was a bit bigger but otherwise, totally love it!
Edited by chickiechick12 - 4/23/16 at 9:05am
The quote isnt working but i hadn't rekaized they owned a K9 website too, that's probably why.
And yes, it grosses me out when they drnk out of puddles and things! The worst was when I kept shooing her away and trying to scare her away and she kept coming back lol and normally the EEs are the flightiest but she was determined to drink from that puddle
And OMG glad it is not just mine! Yes mine are the strangest chickens haha a little flightly, especially one in particular, but sweet.
That makes sense. We luckily haven't had any problems with wild birds or pests but I do prefer the nipple waterers
I never realized that they don't necessarily drink a lot or could drink when I'm watching, that makes sense. I usually see mine drinking throughout the day though but i also have 8
Here are some of my latest pics. I need to say here how much I have appreciated the input from this forum (and others) for the ideas I have put into place in my coop and run. Notice the peck proofing in the corners, the flat 2x4 roosts and framing around the ramp door to prevent any sharp edges from injuring the chickens. Another reason I use furring strips to cover the edges of the wire but it is also the fastest way to get it attached. (just learned how to spell 'furring' :-)) It's covered over now but I used hardware cloth around the perimeter about 2' to prevent digging, another idea I got from this forum.
Some of the corners will be removed when I fully integrate the chicks with the hens since I will be removing the brood pens. I may just re-arrange it so I leave the larger plywood pen in place for future use but it will have to be water proofed if it stays. Still have to finish furring some of the outside wire ends etc. but otherwise I'm just about done. Decided to leave the roost in front of the nest box since they can all get up on it and the other design would be too high (for the nests). Only thing left to do, later toward fall, is to add the sliding barn door to the run for cleaning and maintenance access. When I do that I may switch the coop door to the side, inside the run for easier chore access etc.. I'm waiting on the sheet steel for the end of the run to further ensure my privacy and prevent any snoopers from turning me in. Once that's done I will feel much better about the project and anyone asking about my chickens will have to have a warrant to see them. It will also dress up the end of the run to match the barn and look nice from the road. The happier I keep my neighbors the less trouble I have. (another reason I don't own any guns, cant shoot strays, thus angering the neighbors, without a gun :-)) I feel very happy that my immediate neighbors are very nice and approve of my project but also sad that my nice country estate has become part of a suburb full of city slickers. I miss the good old days when I couldn't even see my neighbors house........I'd move but I'm too old to start over. Here's hoping no one objects, ever, and I can pretend till I die that I'm still a country boy :-)
Edited by gpeters3 - 4/23/16 at 10:20am
I don't like to quote large posts so, regarding Chickichick12's coop, I really like it. Something I just learned though is less light is better for laying, especially in warm months. I put my heat lamps in the run an my timer witch also lit the red lamp in the coop and changed the time to run during the night when it gets colder and my hens quit laying because the light was on all night, I'm assuming. When I removed the bulb, the very next day they started laying again
I am also considering a motion light for the back yard to further deter predators from snooping around at night but have to be careful that the movement of the chickens won't trigger it. I also like the idea of walking out back and having the light come on as I round the corner of the coop to check on the chickens etc. because we have coyotes (just learned how to spell that too :-)) and I can't help but feel that if conditions were right and there were enough of them I could be in danger of an attack. It's just a thought I've been having as I wind down on this project. (Got to keep my mind occupied with something :-))
Yes I've heard about less light! I have those lights on a switch in the garage so I can flip it on when I go out to lock them up at night