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Has anyone else noticed the old chicken coops on some old farms...around here the buildings were around 15 by 30 ft...more or less...but one thing that they all have or had...is windows in the south facing wall...lots of windows! And sometimes shutters and removable window awnings, for in the summer...I will see if the one that I am thinking of is still there...I think they turned it into a work shop and storage building. I've collected a few old books on chicken keeping, and they have pictures of these buildings...let me know if you have seen them in your area.

open air poultry coops were the normal .. good ventilation is the most important thing to chickens.. not sure where people got the idea that most chickens need heat in the winter... the hot weather is harder on them than cold... my GGP was on my parents property until a century took it's toll on an apple tree that shaded it.

https://books.google.com/books?id=o08PAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=Woods+style+open-air+chicken+house&source=bl&ots=yzyOqjO8sd&sig=i1Ex_3FBXHzQA5umDVYqBeQKvAU&hl=en&ei=gwhDTajvJoe6sQOSl_H9Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result#v=onepage&q&f=false

Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants,  2 BR, 2 ISA ,  ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 3 BJG mix (1 pullet), 1 BO mix pullet .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix (1 pullet) and 4 cornish cross mix (1 pullet).... Turkeys: 1 BBB hen ,  4 Narragansett jakes  Yummy.....

1 dog 2 cats

If the hen defends her chicks beneath her wings; how much more shalt thou be safe beneath the wings of God ...

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Hens: 4 Black Jersey giants,  2 BR, 2 ISA ,  ...1 mix roo  ... labor day chicks 3 BJG mix (1 pullet), 1 BO mix pullet .. . Halloween chicks: 2  barred rock mix (1 pullet) and 4 cornish cross mix (1 pullet).... Turkeys: 1 BBB hen ,  4 Narragansett jakes  Yummy.....

1 dog 2 cats

If the hen defends her chicks beneath her wings; how much more shalt thou be safe beneath the wings of God ...

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I hope to see some newbies post pics of their coops in the BYC contest thread "Flock Master64's coop/hutch photo contest" which goes through to Dec 22 I believe.  I love seeing newbies getting into chickens or building/buying their first coops.  I love seeing how different climate regions solve their chicken housing issues.

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Random building pics n some birds to go with. Please do follow along on my journey in the forum below... pic heavy. Building paradise for the birds

FOLLOW MY FORUM IT HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO MY GRANDPARENTS WHO INSPIRED ME SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY. NOW I HAVE THE MOTIVATION TO SEE EXACTLY HOW FAR I CAN GO....

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/940456/building-paradise-for-the-birds

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/beginners-guide-for-the-red-golden-pheasant-pic-heavy-with-mutation-pics

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FOLLOW MY FORUM IT HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO MY GRANDPARENTS WHO INSPIRED ME SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY. NOW I HAVE THE MOTIVATION TO SEE EXACTLY HOW FAR I CAN GO....

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/940456/building-paradise-for-the-birds

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/beginners-guide-for-the-red-golden-pheasant-pic-heavy-with-mutation-pics

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Random building pics n some birds to go with. Please do follow along on my journey in the forum below... pic heavy. Building paradise for the birds


very niiiice! i'll follow along with you!

"Keep calm and love chickens"

 

 

 

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"Keep calm and love chickens"

 

 

 

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This is our first year with chickens and we're hooked! We only have 3 RIRs for now.
We started with a small starter coop but then decided to build a bigger one using an old truck cap from a work truck. The nesting boxes are in the old tool boxes on the side so we just open the doors from the outside to collect the eggs. Some of the photos are from before it was completed.



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This is our first year with chickens and we're hooked! We only have 3 RIRs for now.
We started with a small starter coop but then decided to build a bigger one using an old truck cap from a work truck. The nesting boxes are in the old tool boxes on the side so we just open the doors from the outside to collect the eggs. Some of the photos are from before it was completed.

 

:welcome

Works in progress are just as interesting to us as "completed" projects because as chickeneers we NEVER stop adding, fixing, modifying our chicken housings!!!

 

How do your girls manage with the ramp going down from the inside of the coop leading to the run below?  Our Silkies were able to go down the ramp but it was too steep to climb back up for their little legs and we had to close the floor up completely and have a ramp with less incline leading from the outside pop-door wall.  Our large fowl had no problem with the inside floor ramp going up and down but at night the Silkies couldn't make the climb back up the ladder incline -- sometimes inside the coop they took mis-steps and almost fell through the hole :lau

 

 

 

Even with the outside ramp leading out of the pop-door we had to raise the incline with cinder blocks for the Silkies to use it comfortably.

 

This ramp has been raised and still hard for the littles to maneuver.  Our NEXT ramp will have 3" cleats instead of 4" wide cleats so the littles have closer climbing grasp.  Being "flightless" birds, Silkie wings don't give them much support for flapping up or down the ramp.  The 3" cleats are just fine for large fowl too.

 

 

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Works in progress are just as interesting to us as "completed" projects because as chickeneers we NEVER stop adding, fixing, modifying our chicken housings!!!

How do your girls manage with the ramp going down from the inside of the coop leading to the run below?  Our Silkies were able to go down the ramp but it was too steep to climb back up for their little legs and we had to close the floor up completely and have a ramp with less incline leading from the outside pop-door wall.  Our large fowl had no problem with the inside floor ramp going up and down but at night the Silkies couldn't make the climb back up the ladder incline -- sometimes inside the coop they took mis-steps and almost fell through the hole lau.gif





Even with the outside ramp leading out of the pop-door we had to raise the incline with cinder blocks for the Silkies to use it comfortably.





This ramp has been raised and still hard for the littles to maneuver.  Our NEXT ramp will have 3" cleats instead of 4" wide cleats so the littles have closer climbing grasp.  Being "flightless" birds, Silkie wings don't give them much support for flapping up or down the ramp.  The 3" cleats are just fine for large fowl too.



I love browsing this thread and seeing all the different types of coops! I'm so glad I found this site. It has been so helpful.

Our girls have been in this coop for a little over a month now and have been going up and down the ramp with no problems. Maybe because we have a little bit more of a "landing" at the top of the ramp?

Here's a more recent picture of the inside that shows the board we added along the edge of the opening to keep the bedding from being kicked down the opening. They now choose to roost on that board instead of the pole we put in the coop. 😆[IMG]
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I love browsing this thread and seeing all the different types of coops! I'm so glad I found this site. It has been so helpful.

Our girls have been in this coop for a little over a month now and have been going up and down the ramp with no problems. Maybe because we have a little bit more of a "landing" at the top of the ramp?

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Oops, here's that picture.
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This ramp has been raised and still hard for the littles to maneuver.  Our NEXT ramp will have 3" cleats instead of 4" wide cleats so the littles have closer climbing grasp.  Being "flightless" birds, Silkie wings don't give them much support for flapping up or down the ramp.  The 3" cleats are just fine for large fowl too.

 

 

 

If you would have sent your silkies to Mountaineering Camp they would have made that ramp in a FLASH. :gig

 

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Oops, here's that picture.

I think you should nail a piece of 2 x 4 flat side up on top of that board.  What difference does it make where the hens make their favorite roost. :idunno

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Yes, we were thinking of putting something on top of the board to give their feet a little more area to hold onto.
I don't really care where they roost. I just thought it was funny that they chose that. I guess my only concern with roosting there is that the opening is right there and we are now in single digits here and it's going to be dipping below zero with lots of wind in the next week. I suppose if it's too cold for them there they'll move though. smile.png
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If you would have sent your silkies to Mountaineering Camp they would have made that ramp in a FLASH. gig.gif

I think you should nail a piece of 2 x 4 flat side up on top of that board.  What difference does it make where the hens make their favorite roost. idunno.gif
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