Barred Rock coop and pen

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    This is my new pen that will be used for the chicks I hatched in early December and on New Year's Day.

    I started by forming a square base out of 4"x4"x10' treated posts... which equals roughly 100 square feet of run.

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    Since the roof will be fairly light, I ripped treated 2"x4"s to form the wall studs. Birdsmouth rafters and slats are spaced at 30" centers.

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    It was a little wobbly, but adding upper corner braces, lower "V" braces, and plywood on the rear made it plenty strong.

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    Elevated coop will maximize floor space. The coop has slots in the floor (to install 2 partitions) to create 3 smaller coops. Adding two divider walls in the run will create 3 separate breeding pens with individual coops. This should be sufficient for 4 large fowl (1 roo and 3 hens) per pen.

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    With the wire hung.

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    Door built and installed.

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    Two of the doors and (internal/vertical) sliding pop doors installed. These will be operated on a pulley system. Pop door on right halfway opened, and board propped up in front of left pop door to simulate ramp:

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    The metal washer to the right of the front door operates the pop door on the coop, which gets closed every night. I also added a larger, homemade 5 gallon water container with horizontal poultry nipples (right side). I've culled all the roosters except for one, so there's plenty of space for 7 birds. A couple of the BR pullets have started laying, so I added a couple of nesting boxes to the rear of the coop.

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