Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Mine are all still pullets I think? So I wonder if that accounts for that? Some of the eggs have gotten bigger but not the EEs really. I haven't officially measured any on a digital scale but have the incredible egg scale and the one EE eggs are consistently off the scale so XL/Jumbo. Sometimes she lays normal sized ones but even those are big. I might try a digital scale soon
That is why I got the digital scale rather than the Incredible Egg scale. It doesn't have the needed range. How do you know that your girl laid a 114g egg if anything over 71g is OFF the scale? And how about the TINY 4g egg I got some weeks back or the 16g egg 2 days ago?
Yes, my girls all started with pullet eggs that got bigger as the girls got bigger. That can easily take 3-4 months.
Originally Posted by twinsmom6
here's our homemade one.. dog kennel and dog house repurposed. we live in Arizona so put up a mister for those really hot days for the girls.
Given your climate, I would make sure that coop has a TON of ventilation. Otherwise it will be roast chicken, they can't take off their down coats. And create out of the coop shade spots, my girls spend ALL their time in the shade other than early and late in the day.
Originally Posted by Teila
This has been playing on my mind since we built the new coop so I am going to share.
For the three years I have had chickens and they have had a kit coop onto which another kit coop was added, multiple renovations and extensions etc over time, providing enough room for nesting and roosting without being cramped, I have been telling people that because of our sub tropical climate “the gals do not spend any time in the coop except to lay an egg or roost and the rest of the time they are out and about in the run” or supervised free ranging.
I honestly thought that this was what they preferred to do and they could have hung around in the coop if they chose to.
Now they have had their new beaut, super sized, high coop I have to admit I was wrong and apparently it was not the climate that was the reason for them not spending time in the coop.
Every morning they wander down the ramp and wait for me to deliver breakfast, then they all wander back up again and have what I call their mothers’ meeting and many times throughout the day I can look out the window and no chickens in the run .. they are hanging around in the coop, having a roost, having a natter, nanna nap etc.
I love the fact that they love their new coop but feel bad that I had it wrong for three years.
I remember reading in here, someone said something along the lines of just because the chickens tolerate it, does not mean that it is the best thing for them or what they actually want … so True!
Depends on where it is hotter I think. If it is cooler in the new big coop than it is out in the run, yes they will go in the coop. My coop is a converted horse stall in an old barn so they have all day indoor shade if they want it. Thus, they never go in the coop during the day except to lay or eat chicken feed. They either hang in the indoor run or in some shady spot outside the barn.
Originally Posted by canehdianchick
I still have a few more things to do and it isn't done yet... We have a second run just across from the main coop/run and I'm thinking of extending the size of our main coop.
First time chicken owner... We were going to order 12, then the minimum was 25 so we thought...why not? And ended up with 26 chicks!
I've been putting a lot of elbow grease in to the coop from its original condition.
I ended up painted the whole inside, hanging stairs, new perches etc etc. You can see a few of the upgrades inside in the one picture.
And here is our outside of the coop as of today! More to come
So happy with it so far!!! 2 weeks of chipping away! The run needs netting over the top as we deal with a lot of birds of prey. We also installed a new gate and need a new window still as a grizzly ruined the last window.
Wish us luck. Coyotes, wolves, bears, birds, and more for our ladies to worry about.
Looks like you did a lot of work, but I think I see a ventilation problem. The window is right in front of the roost. No way to get air moving through the coop without it blowing on the birds.
And I know a lot of work went into building those steps to the roost but don't be surprised to find them covered with poop. Chickens are really good at pooping, wherever they happen to be when the urge strikes.
Far better way to raise the chicks than a 24x7 heat lamp.
Originally Posted by canehdianchick
I am thinking hanging a mirror will be an easier way to extend the lighting in our coop than installing another window. There is just one small window and the run access plus one bulb to add lighting to the coop. Will monitor how they do without! Tonight they are out of their original brooder, and into the coop!!! Eeeee!
If they have other chicks to play with, not sure why they would care about a mirror. Then again, my girls don't have a mirror so I don't know if they would look in it or not.