cfree5's COOP

By cfree5, Jan 26, 2016 | Updated: Apr 18, 2016 | | |
  1. cfree5
    We received 30 chickens from Murray McMurray Hatchery on 3/7/15
    I had build a nice brooder and we were all ready... thought 8 weeks was plenty of time to build the coop right?
    Well it snowed right after the chicks arrived so I lost maybe 2 weeks & was down to 6!

    Needless to day one lesson I learned was build the coop first.
    I read this many times but I was smarter than that... HA! Listen to me - build the coop first :)

    The below took me about 10 - 12 weeks, mostly alone with some assistance from my Daughter, Son & Wife.
    I had NEVER built anything like this before... so I think it turned out pretty good.

    Enjoy! I know I did!!

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    Helper for at least a few minutes... was colder than it looked but we only had 8 weeks to build!
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    I don't know if you noticed the post hole digger my daughter had in the above photo?
    Well our land is full of rocks so below is PLAN B.
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    Walls going up... slow task with just one doing all the work!
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    Now for the roof
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    Windows... at this point my wife is thinking I've gone a bit overboard :|
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    Chicken door phase I (this one didn't last long)....
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    People door... except we need some steps!
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    My helper did come back to help insulate... we live in WI so it gets pretty cold.
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    There she is applying the primer coat on the interior walls.
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    Installed a "poop board" however later put in a "poop hammock" which works much better!!
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    We are at 10 weeks in the basement & my wife has had enough... it is Mother's Day & the girls are in their new home.
    Although the outside isn't done...
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    10 hole nest box added, I don't have a photo but under that far window I added a "poop hammock"
    I used pine closet bars & a tarp, it pulls right out & can be easily dumped in the compost pile.
    Way better than cleaning out the poop board by hand each day!
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    Starting the run as working sun up to sun down!
    18 feet wide by 28 feet long, will be screened in with hardware cloth.
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    side view....
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    People door for the run... hardware cloth installed.
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    Upgrade number one (of many) Pullet-Shut Automatic Chicken Door - worth it's weight in gold!
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    A little paint, steps & completed run minus the roof (later upgrade)
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    Metal roof (I wish I had made the coop roof metal as well oh well)
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    Brrrr first snow fall of the season, glad I got the plastic up on the run!
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    It is winter & I've let them rest... we are getting maybe 4 eggs a day with 27 girls.
    We were getting 2 dozen a day in the summer... so I added lights on 1/24/16
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    The run is covered in plastic with vents in the roof and a bit on each top side.
    Keeps the wind & snow out. Also on sunny days it acts like a greenhouse and is much warmer in the run than outside.
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    I've tried several water ideas however this is the best set up.
    Just an upside down 5 gallon bucket with a lid & 2-4 1/2 hols drilled into the sides.
    Love the heater! No worries about frozen water.
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    28 more girls on the way!! Time to expand!!


    This is the water set up I had.... a fountain pump circulated the water through the pipes & the birds could drink from the horizontal water nipples. It was a pain to keep the water fresh & the nipples leaked. Also the hens liked to lay eggs behind the barrel (or on top). I have since removed this... the idea sounded good, but the simple system shown earlier is much better & less headaches!
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    Just added a temporary segregation unit to the run for our new arrivals.
    This way they can get to know each other in safety for a few weeks.
    A few screws & cutting some zip ties & it comes out easily.
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  1. Karen711
    It's Awsome great job!!!

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