A coop story

By trumpeting_angel · May 20, 2019 · Updated Jun 23, 2019 · ·
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  1. trumpeting_angel
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    Chickies seen through the porch window ^


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    So far, a trip to the Depot:

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    Big expensive pile of hardware and roll of HW cloth are not pictured, but have been paid for. :yesss:

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    @Cryss has asked for an update, so here goes. DH continues to pretend to hate the chickies, and grumbles nonstop. However, construction is almost finished. Right now rain is the problem. We are lucky - no floods in our neighborhood. Not for want of trying. It’s coming down in buckets.

    Coop is almost done. It’s 18 sq. ft. for 4 hens. The run, too, is almost done. About 6’ x 9 feet. This all opens into a somewhat secluded side yard.

    You all might question the proximity of the coop to the house. I certainly do! This started out as permitting avoidance, but we have since gotten the town’s blessing. I expect the smell will convince us that this is, indeed, a temporary location. BUT! A window on our porch looks right down into the coop. That’s the perfect Chicken TV!

    There’s more progress than the photos show - more pix coming soon. The chickies - er, pullets - can’t wait!
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    Apron excavation ^
    By yours truly

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    DH and Sprocket, famed Chihuahua and carpenter’s assistant: B2D1FC15-706A-4DD3-B1C8-13D259A2CF9A.jpeg
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    We are closing in on the finish line!

    The vents still need to be cut into the coop, some additional HW cloth added to the run, the apron needs to be finished, and the pop door is still a vision! I think I should line the interior of the run with pavers or big rocks, because I have a champion dust bather in the flock!

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    I think it will be done tomorrow. My 8-week-Old pullets are SO ready!

    More photos, still a coop in progress. The interior photos was taken through the window that looks into the coop. 420C803D-EEF5-4BB2-831C-7B371C99D7A6.jpeg A89165F4-2F79-4D90-8CAB-A88854ABB890.jpeg BEF4ADD7-AA4D-4686-88B1-BCA6E2DA1402.jpeg IMG_2156 copy.jpg IMG_2157 copy.jpg EEF682AC-5CA3-494E-86C1-D2854226EE56.jpeg B5E7C6E2-8728-4B60-BF97-704834D34418.jpeg 91B5C5B1-3555-4A35-BE65-D5DFA2366124.jpeg B2D1FC15-706A-4DD3-B1C8-13D259A2CF9A.jpeg 09966FDB-970A-4B5E-B62B-AB4DD3620AC1.jpeg 5E2DF25C-775C-41E5-87B5-C08322BE5E20.jpeg 01618DD5-0149-4E30-A506-154599463A23.jpeg


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    Move-in day! Poor DH worked his fingers to the bone, 3 weekends in a row, but it’s done and the girls are wandering around, trying to figure out what to make of it. A couple of days in the coop and they can try the run!

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  1. MROO
    "Coop with a view ... from INSIDE! I WANT!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 8, 2019
    What an awesome coop! I wouldn't be too quick to move it away from the house. Check with your local feed store. There are lots of powdered smell-and-moisture reducers on the market. If you don't find one for poultry, try the ones for horses. Many of those are noted as "safe for poultry," too.
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    1. trumpeting_angel
      Thanks, @mroo! We don’t have any problems yet, and I do toss some zeolite in there occasionally. We just love having the window - so much fun!
  2. WannaBeHillBilly
    "Chicken TV coop"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jun 22, 2019
    Lot's of pictures in the article and fun to watch and read.
    What an interesting idea to include a window of the human's house into a chicken coop!
    I don't know much about chickens, but i definitely would not do that with my ducks.
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    1. trumpeting_angel
      How come? Ducks self,conscious? <wink>. Or demanding every time they see you? Hmm, sounds like some pullets I know.

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  1. Cryss
    Woo hooo! I saw this after I replied to our conversation. Great!
  2. WannaBeHillBilly
    @Cryss - there's no reply button for comments on reviews, so i'm answering your question here: I would never dare to build a duck-house close to my house or even near a window because they stink! They stink so much more than chickens! The duck-house is located 15meters (~45') away from our house and we still can smell them, depending on the wind direction.
    Don't get me wrong, we love our ducks and we are appreciate their eggs!
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    1. Cryss
      Not sure but I think you meant trumpeting_angel, not me.
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  3. Cryss
    Ooooh more pictures! Yay!
    Pavers inside the run will prevent dust bathing. That's not something you want to prevent! It's critical for them to dust bathe. That is the how they prevent mites.
    1. trumpeting_angel
      I meant to say, line the edge of the run with pavers. Plenty of dust left!
  4. Cryss
    Oh boy, it has begun!
    Mine is sooo slooow. Yours will probably be done before mine.
    Updates?
  5. N F C
    Keep us updated on how your coop turns out!
    1. trumpeting_angel
      Oh, you’re too kind! I know it was silly to post at this stage! But I think it’s just a wee bit more motivation, although of course they can’t live in that brooder forever!
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