Originally Posted by ejcarrier
The cord is attached to a outdoor power strip and timer. The timer kicks on a light at dusk that draws the hens back into the hen house for bed time. It will also provide power during the winter to heat their water.
Some would be concerned about an extension cord running across the yard as a permanent electrical supply.
Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Because of the feedback I got re: metal roofs I never ordered a coop with metal tops. I guess plywood under the metal roofs would muffle the pounding rainstorms but it would add to the coop weight -- but then, probably no more than a shingled roof weight? Thx for planning to check on the rain sounds
The roof on our house is standing seam on top of 8" SIPS - Exterior OSB sandwiching 8" of rigid foam on top of the ceiling - 3/4" pine. We hear the rain JUST FINE. I would have thought that 8" of foam would be pretty sound deadening but nope. I think you could need to have some air gap between the metal roof and the insulation.
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Originally Posted by FarmerPhronc
I have two nest boxes in my coop not divided. At the current time I only have 5 hens however they all use one side of the nest box. I have seen 3 out of the 5 all huddled up on the one side. Go figure.
Really? That's so weird. I guess it depends on the birds. I just have heard of people that have both individual boxes and community boxes and they rarely use the community ones. I guess if it's all they had though they would. Mine tend to use the same one or two boxes now but will occasionally use the third or lay in the corner
I have an external community box which is now being used by the Anconas when they lay (4 years old so only every few days) and some of the 1 year old girls. Plus the open 3 nest box unit in the coop. BUT while several birds are using the community, they do NOT do it at the same time even though it is 4' long. All the eggs are on the left side even if I put a plastic egg on each end. The one on the right end gets moved to the left side. Classic "want to lay where another hen decided was a good place" behavior.
The access to the community is a single hole in the center of the 4' length. I think I will add a second hole on the right side and see if that will increase the chances of concurrent use.
Originally Posted by sarah1911
This thread was so fun! I have coop envy. 😁 Here is ours. Home to my three little birds. 😊 My hubby built and designed it. The run isn't crazy big, but they are only in there when we are gone, which is extremely rare. We have our entire backyard surrounded with thick, 6' privacy fence and I have multiple gardens back here. The girls get to run free all day.
I have no idea why you have coop envy, your hubby did a very nice job.
Originally Posted by TerryH
Run progress pics from today. Finally just about done.
You know Terry, if you weren't such a slacker, you could have a nice looking place there!