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He's really not that bad! The coop was all his idea and design. He's really a good guy! I don't work outside the home and he does... I do squirrel rescue and have 11 babies in the squirrel nursery right now. He does all our laundry, the squirrel laundry, feeds our wildlife, cooks and does all the grocery shopping. I'm really lucky to have him. The chickens were my idea, but I usually get what I want plus I think they'll be good for our 3 grandbabies!
Anyone have an A Frame coop? I'm going to try and tackle making my own coop myself and an Aframe seems reasonable to tackle on my own, but I'm having a hard time envisioning the dimensions of actual usable space on the inside (and where to put the roosts).
*this will be for a small flock
Mine is sort of a half A-frame. It's 8x12. I got it off of craigslist for $200. 👍🏻 It was used as a garden shed and I converted it to a coop. I have 16 chickens in it and they have plenty of roost space and 5 nesting boxes. I don't have pics of the rest of the inside, but very roomy!
Talk about buffs roosting, i watched one fall off the bottom rung and catch herself by the toes, hanging upside down. Then she flapped and wiggled until she got back upright and went about her business. I was surprised she could hang on to a flat 2x4 that way. So much for chickens not having a grip :-)
Our Ameraucana can fly up on top of the rabbit fence wire and hang on with those long toes of hers and balance on the wobbly wire fence!
My ramp is about 3' long and not too steep. Its about 9" wide. In its last location it was somewhat steeper and no cleats and they managed but did slide a bit. I suppose i could add another cleat between each set if i see them struggling. Its only 6" off the ground at he coop.
Watching your chickens use the coop amenities will tell you what they are comfortable with and what is not so you can adjust accordingly. All our coops and chickens are different.
I had to get my three Golden Comets and five Black Stars out of my house! Chick dust everywhere. So I put the Juvie coop together without any real plan. I knew I wanted vinyl flooring to pull out and clean, suspended cooler with waterer nipples, hanging heat lamp and pvc feeder. It came together fairly easily. The girls are four weeks and five weeks old. They will stay in there till they get closer to the same size as my existing flock. Until then, they will have to verbally and visually figure out peaking order. Only thing I need to add are some slats/stairs for them to get in and out. The coop is four foot by five foot. Lastly, a word of warning, if you've never used corrugated sheet metal, the stuff will cut you by just looking at it.
It's good to get the chicks outdoors. I don't put my juveniles out to integrate with the existing flock until about 5 or 6 months old when they are at their adult height and just need to fill up muscle later. When integrating you can use a rabbit fence to separate the juveniles from the adults and let them see each other as they forage before removing the barrier fence after a few days. The juveniles will have their own safety "cliche" group and the adults will have their own. Before you know it they are all intermingling during foraging with new pecking orders to learn. Nice chick brooder. That row of trees/foliage is awfully close to the coop - do you ever have prowling critters in that greenery?
My youngest boy has actually been a huge help with the coop and run. He's a hard worker and mostly pleasant. Until the teenage attitude rears its ugly head once in awhile! His brother got to go off to college last year, so 1 down 1 to go! Haha!
I started with two Bantam Silkies and my DH has totally taken over their care and feeding. Says he can't imagine the backyard without a couple Bantams in it. I have to plan everything around those 2 little hens because he won't give them up. Had to re-home a lot of large fowl that didn't play nice with the Silkies but finally have a couple LFs that are great flockmates for the little hens.
OUR SILLIEST BANTAM SILKIE WITH DEBRIS IN HER HAIR:
THE TWO LITTLE SILKIES AT THE WATERER.
ALL 4 GIRLS CHOWING DOWN TREATS.