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That's a nice set up you have must have some happy hens. I need to get the stuff for the new coop fast because I just brought 4 more hens home the other day so we are up to 21 hens and roosters in a 4x8 coop. And 6 are roosters that are still young that need to find homes.
Edited by Roada Red - 6/20/16 at 7:45pm
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I almost have my new hoop coop done.  Got it all wired up, will just need to do a few more minor things to it once I have my meat birds out of it, which should be next week.  one thing I'm noticing is that the tarp has been rubbing on some of the wire.  trying to think of a way to keep that from happening.  thoughts??  

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I almost have my new hoop coop done.  Got it all wired up, will just need to do a few more minor things to it once I have my meat birds out of it, which should be next week.  one thing I'm noticing is that the tarp has been rubbing on some of the wire.  trying to think of a way to keep that from happening.  thoughts??  


We used a cheap bed sheet over our smaller canopy frame to keep the tarp from rubbing and tearing on some of the sharp parts of the frame.  Next time we are considering a thicker denim fabric or canvas-type wide fabric roll under the tarp to keep the tarp from tearing so fast against the metal frame.  There is a fabric that Sunbrella makes that's pretty sturdy and UV protected but also fabulously EXPENSIVE but it works too.  We will probably wrap foam around the sharpest ends of the metal canopy frame to see if that will maybe help cushion the tarp from fraying.  In any event we have to replace our canopy tarps at least once a year because the brutal sun and heavy winter winds shred the cheap tarps.  Shredded tarp strings can hobble a chicken's feet so its absolutely necessary to change tarps before that occurs.

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As long as your coop is draft free there is really no need to heat.   Chickens put off enough BTUs to keep them selves warm.  I have a friend that lives in Homer Alaska....  None of his coops  have heat.   they have good ventilation but no drafts.   AND they are all built out of salvaged materials.

 

My take on heating is once you start they become dependent and don't build up the feathering and fat layer they need for when the power Does go out. 

 

deb

No need to heat if you are in Homer AK perhaps, but Alaska is a big state.  Here in the Interior, particularly where I live, if I didn't provide an not only an insulated barn AND heat, I would have dead or frozen chickens.  So, it just depends where you live and the microclimate of your specific location, as well as the type of birds you have.


Of course.....  but in the lower states which is where many of these discussions come up typically.... heat is not necessary.

 

Now ask me how to make chickens comfortable in 110-117 degree heat and I am on it like a duck on a bug.... :gig  It was 108 two days in a row here..  at my house add ten degrees to that.    :th

 

deb

Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

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Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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The chicks learn pretty quick that that entryway is their bomb shelter?

I kept the hens locked up in the coop til the chicks were used to coming and going through the tunnels. Once they were getting in and out i let the hens in and they got used to each other. The hens were outside the brood pens while the chicks were growing with hardware cloth between them so they were used to each other. Then i removed the tunnel covers, locked up the hens and let the chicks into the run, then let the hens in a little later. Havent had any issues. They all get along well now.
Edited by gpeters3 - 6/21/16 at 12:10am
No pets, no roosters, just grandchildren, 3 vehicles, one collapsed garage, one pole barn, one chicken coop, lots of moles i share with neighbors and a house that will never be finished......
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No pets, no roosters, just grandchildren, 3 vehicles, one collapsed garage, one pole barn, one chicken coop, lots of moles i share with neighbors and a house that will never be finished......
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We will probably wrap foam around the sharpest ends of the metal canopy frame to see if that will maybe help cushion the tarp from fraying.  In any event we have to replace our canopy tarps at least once a year because the brutal sun and heavy winter winds shred the cheap tarps.  Shredded tarp strings can hobble a chicken's feet so its absolutely necessary to change tarps before that occurs.

Excellent thing to keep in mind when trying to provide for the chickens.  Even the string out of a feed sack can do irreparable harm.

 

Ed 

Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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I kept the hens locked up in the coop til the chicks were used to coming and going through the tunnels. Once they were getting in and out i let the hens in and they got used to each other. The hens were outside the brood pens while the chicks were growing with hardware cloth between them so they were used to each other. Then i removed the tunnel covers, locked up the hens and let the chicks into the run, then let the hens in a little later. Havent had any issues. They all get along well now.

It sounds like you had a good introduction between the chicks and hens.  During this time did you ever seen the chicks dive for cover into the tunnel/shelter?

 

Ed

Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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Excellent thing to keep in mind when trying to provide for the chickens.  Even the string out of a feed sack can do irreparable harm.

 

Ed 


Agreed!

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I almost have my new hoop coop done.  Got it all wired up, will just need to do a few more minor things to it once I have my meat birds out of it, which should be next week.  one thing I'm noticing is that the tarp has been rubbing on some of the wire.  trying to think of a way to keep that from happening.  thoughts??  

You could get some rubber tubing from lowes and put the wire through the tubing.
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