Articles from DawnSuiter

Using Sand as a floor covering in my coops has been one of the BEST decisions I have made in terms of how to properly care for my chickens; open-air coops is the other.
Hen House: 99 square feet We began with the hen house design. Large enough to accommodate 20-25 hens. Two banks of nest boxes and a very open design. A wire divider can be added to create a small area for brooding chicks and includes one of the nest boxes for broody hens. Aviary: 63 square feet The Aviary was added after we completed the main Hen House because we felt we needed more room to expand! It is fully secure and can be separated from the Hen House or integrated. We use course...
Dawn on the Farm's 4 Post Coop 9 feet deep by 11 feet wide 4 - 4X4 Posts 4 - 2X6 around the top of the Posts 10 - 2X4 as the roof structure & metal hangers 5 - Corrugated metal roofing panels (12" long) 2 - 2X4 for vertical support at the door & midway on the back side 2 - 4' tall 50' long rolls of chicken wire 1 - Screen Door 1 - 2X4 Roost 2 - Shipping pallets 3 or 4 bags of quickcrete (for the posts) Coming up with a name for every coop is always hard, we just need some sort of shorthand...
Dawn on the Farm's Small Coop I built this almost entirely by myself in one weekend while my husband & daughter were away on a trip. They helped me get the frame together and from there I went. Almost a year later my husband installed the metal roof, we used plywood & tarps for the year in between and it worked out ok but there was a lot of leakage here and there and it just became too much trouble. The roofing panels are inexpensive and so we just did it. We have used it to grow out...
Dawn on the Farm's 'Mini Coop' Two of our Roosters came back from their first APA Poultry Show and had no place to live in isolation/quarantine. So we quickly constructed this Mini Coop to hold them for a few weeks. Since then, this house has become the home for one of our alternate breeding roosters. It's very basic, about 4 square feet, and is lightweight enough for one person to move around the yard. It is covered with materials we had laying around the farm, with a skeleton we...
Dawn on the Farm's Bantam Barn The Bantam Barn got it's start as our Turkey brooder and was converted when my daughter got her bantam Cochins. It only held the turkeys for a short few weeks, so it made sense to use it as her permanent coop. It still needs a coat of red paint, and we'll get there, eventually I'm sure. It sits right up against our house, and it's been a few months and I see no problems at all with it. We use a wire floor and a shelf below the floor catches the poop, well,...
The 2008 Rendition of.... Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? (warning... political humor abounds) BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE! JOHN MCCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience...
Dawn on the Farm's Breeding Pens While any pen can be used as a "breeding pen", this is just what I call the collection of add-ons we built after the hen house was complete. It's true what they say, you never can have enough room! There are 3 additions onto the hen house, each 9X7, which was a convenient size to use with 50' rolls of chicken wire and 8' sections of roofing. This way we could build them one or two at a time as money allowed. 1 of the doors we found on the side of the...
Welcome to my BackyardChickens.com Member Page! My name is Dawn Suiter and I began keeping chickens & turkeys in the Summer of 2008 and have been a member of BackyardChickens ever since! This place is fantastic for finding all the information you could need on poultry keeping, and you'll find thousands of helpful members ready to help & support you! You can see all of my permanent coops in the photo above, and one of our Livestock Guardian Dogs as well. To see more about my coops, use...
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