4 The Birds

By Briguy15 · Jun 4, 2012 · Updated Jul 18, 2012 · ·
  1. Briguy15
    We started with 4 Buff Orprington chicks. They started out in a cardboard box in my kitchen under a heat lamp. When they started trying to jump out of the box, with some success I moved them to the garage and into a home made cage. I have started building their permanent coop but the project isn't moving forward as fast as I would like.
    Here are the chicks a few days after we brought them home. This was their first day outside. Their feathers are starting to grow in.

    I've started building the coop in my garage.

    My daughter loves her chickens. I need to get going on the coop as they can now jump out of the cage. They don't run away but I don't like them pooping all over the garage floor. We let them run free in the yard and they always return to the garage.

    The coop is taking shape.

    All the windows are framed. My wife approves as she is helping with the vapour barrier.

    Next I am going to plywood the interior walls and install the nesting box. The interior area is about 30" x 30". My question is should install the nesting boxes inside the coop where I believe the hens will be warmer in the winter but that makes less area inside to move around or should I hang them outside as many of the coops here are? I am worried about the hens being cold in the winter when laying. I am only installing 2 boxes 12"x12" each. It looks like I have 3 pullets and 1 cockeral.
    Thanks for looking.

    I have the interior walls and ceiling in and painted first coat. The roof is strapped and insulated.

    I don't know what I was thinking when I framed the top window. It is supposed to have square corners. Oh well it will make it interesting to try and make a window to fit.

    Since this picture I have shingled the roof and installed wood sofits and flashing. The roof strapping sofits and flashing are recycled skids and packing crates. I had to cut each piece and straighten each board on my jointer. I incountered a couple of nails and dinged up the jointer knives. I have to sharpen them before I can do the siding.

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  1. Briguy15
    Added two more pics. I have since finished the roof and I am hoping to get some significant progress this weekend.
  2. judyki2004
    You will keep the Rooster ? If you can keep him, they are so handsome & awesomely interesting to watch! Maybe is better to make the nest outside in order to have a little extra space inside in the winter, you will only need 1 nest ( they like to share the nest, mines even take the bedding out of the one they don't use to lay), so you may consider to do only one nest and insulate it.
    I'll be waiting to see the progress of your coop, so far look like a very cute & interesting design. Blessings!
  3. Briguy15
    Thanks, I'll put the nesting box to the outside.
  4. Roxannemc
    Love the photos and the one of your little girl and the chickens Priceless!
    I dont know a lot but to me if its cold in the garage in winter they may need the 30x30 ' floor space to walk around when its cold and they cant go outside. b/c of snow.
    .I have read from 2to 4 square ft of coop space for each chicken so i would put the nest boxes outside the coop
    They are tiny now but if you are like me it became alarming how large they get by( like mine )11 or 12 weeks old. but ihave 11chickens though
    I have added a second tractor coop (first one too small) and now adding more tractor run space and winter a 4 x8 x6 winter coop (expanded from 4x4..Hope its all big enough for mine now,.
    Good luck!

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