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Originally Posted by IvanTsary View Post

So my coop is 4' wide at the narrowest point, and we are moving into a house where the gate to get it to the back yard is 3' 6" wide. This thing is all 3/4" pressure treated ply and pressure treated 2x4, so it would take an army of hulks to lift it. Any ideas how to Houdini this thing in?

You didn't mention the type of fence, but regardless most types of fence can easily be taken down (chain link) or a section removed (wood) and since most post are generally 8 feet or more apart you should be able to walk it in with ease once you take out a section of the fence...
post #13642 of 16059
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Originally Posted by IvanTsary View Post
 

So my coop is 4' wide at the narrowest point, and we are moving into a house where the gate to get it to the back yard is 3' 6" wide. This thing is all 3/4" pressure treated ply and pressure treated 2x4, so it would take an army of hulks to lift it. Any ideas how to Houdini this thing in?

I have to agree with perchie and Meep. Just take down the portion of fence to getting in your yard then rebuild it. I took down a portion of my fence yesterday to move a coop into my backyard. I have 2 dogs the fence was temp fixed yesterday but today all back in place and secured.

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Started with the base.  I think the measurements were 6x9'

 

Started shaping the house.

 

 

Added a window to see what's inside, the laying box and a door on the other side.

 

 

Added the siding & painted white.

 

 

 

We used silver tin for the roof.

 

 

 

 

After everything was built we probably spent around $350 more or less.  It's about 7 months old and still going strong.  Was definitely a fun project & I'm so glad I had my husband and father in law to help build it! 

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Originally Posted by stephkcole View Post
 

Started with the base.  I think the measurements were 6x9'

 

Started shaping the house.

 

 

Added a window to see what's inside, the laying box and a door on the other side.

 

 

Added the siding & painted white.

 

 

 

We used silver tin for the roof.

 

 

 

 

After everything was built we probably spent around $350 more or less.  It's about 7 months old and still going strong.  Was definitely a fun project & I'm so glad I had my husband and father in law to help build it! 

Ventilation?

post #13645 of 16059

They have a window

post #13646 of 16059
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Originally Posted by Justus80 View Post

Thank you! I've had a few other people tell me to bury chicken wire around the edges I just haven't got the chance to yet. I've placed rocks around it in spots there's a noticeable gap between the ground and running boards. I will definitely take your advice though. I started with 12 chicks and lost 10 of them to raccoon's. First I didn't have the top finished then once I did I only had a hook lock on the door that they popped pretty easily. Since then I've installed much better locks and I found a really nice lady that was thinning her flock down that sold me some 15 month old hens. I still have two of the chicks I started with that are 9 weeks old now and are in the separate pen I added to the back. Once their old enough to join the others I plan to remove the separating wire and it will be one pen. I read in another post on here the "see no touch" method of introducing chickens and luckily I am already doing that. Once again I really appreciate everyone here! Thanks!

You are off to a good start in that you are so willing to accept advice and help. So here is another tidbit, switch that chicken wire out for hardware cloth asap. Chicken wire will keep your chickens in but won't keep predators out. Dogs, raccoons, foxes, coyotes can tear through it. And some weasel breeds can just slip through the large holes, as well as snakes. Chicken wire is pretty useless as predator proofing goes.
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Here is our chicken coop we built out of exterior doors
post #13648 of 16059
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Originally Posted by stephkcole View Post
 

They have a window

Only one?!

Read this article on why ventilation is so important.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-coop-ventilation-go-out-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop

post #13649 of 16059
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Originally Posted by stephkcole View Post
 

They have a window


Greetings and welcome to BYC! Very nice basic coop. Your hubby and F-in-law did well. There are a couple of concerns you might want to look into however.

 

As has been mentioned, the ventilation is completely and totally inadequate. The window by itself is virtually useless for ventilation as it's too small. The window will not be opened at night when they are roosting, and will most likely be closed during bad/winter weather, when they would also be inside. No idea your climate, but in winter, if freezing temps, their breath and poop will add so much moisture inside that you'll have frostbite and frozen combs/wattles/toes. In summer, if hot, they could easily die from heat inside there. Ideally, you want low opening to let fresh air in and high openings to vent out moisture and odors. In addition, you do NOT want the draft this will create to hit the birds when they are on the roost in cold weather. Their down jackets don't work so well if wind is constantly ruffling their feathers.

 

Second, I see you've used chicken wire as the security around the run. That is fine for keeping the chickens in but will not stop a raccoon, fox, coyote, dog, weasel, mink, etc.  from getting in and making a meal of your birds. You may want to back up the lower 3 feet with small hole welded wire fencing, or best case, with 3' 1/2" hardware cloth all the way around. You also have to be concerned about diggers who can dig under the sides to get in.

I used FF: http://goo.gl/IT5HSh Details Here: http://goo.gl/dCdw6h  Start Easy video: http://goo.gl/QP5rSx

DLM/deep litter method: http://goo.gl/YHg2p0 My old CO coop(s): http://goo.gl/v9qdFa  URL shortener:  https://goo.gl/

I owned: BOs/BAs/New Hampshires/Delawares/White Wyandottes when in CO.

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I used FF: http://goo.gl/IT5HSh Details Here: http://goo.gl/dCdw6h  Start Easy video: http://goo.gl/QP5rSx

DLM/deep litter method: http://goo.gl/YHg2p0 My old CO coop(s): http://goo.gl/v9qdFa  URL shortener:  https://goo.gl/

I owned: BOs/BAs/New Hampshires/Delawares/White Wyandottes when in CO.

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I'm not sure on how to add ventilation holes to my coop.  My chickens are only in there at night, they roam around our yard all day.

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