Hello everyone! i finally convinced the hubby to take the plunge into chicken raising. We are wanting hens for eggs and as they age we will use them as stewers. I am wanting to build a coop that will keep them warm in the winter months without much extra effort by us and i also want to build cheap. I have an 8x10 area p;otted out for a coop. Is that large anough for 8 chickens with a run about 20ft by 6? Without a rooster is it safe to let them occasionally range our yard freely? completely fenced in and dog/cat free.
I have decided on the DLM for managing poo. Any advice on flooring or is dirt going to work? do i need to build a foundation or is using pavers an okay solution. I would like to build a GOOD coop that is pleasing to see and functional and less than 100$ for material. Is this possible or am i being unrealistic. also i would like to skip chicks this year and strat with pullets. where would one find such a thing? all i have found are chicks.
Do i need to clip our chickens wings or cover the coop with bird fencing?