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Chicksntexas Coop

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  1. chicksntexas
    Here's our coop progress! DH is an awesome builder of great things! So of course, our chickens will have a palace [​IMG]
    We scoured the fabulous BYC coop pages & the internet...DH bought the Chicken Coops for Dummies book & we came up with the basic design and adding alot of making up as we go along...
    The coop is 8 x 10 & about 7' high in the front and 5' in the back. The run is 8 x 24 (including the area under the coop)​
    After several arguments, we finally decided to put the coop where I want it...hehe Added some dirt to level a bit...ran a water line from the house
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    Set posts...dogs giving the sniff of approval... Ran a trench for electric from the house.... ​
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    Lots of shade!! I missed a few pics... painting in progress! We decided to have the coop off the ground... 1) snakes and 2) cross ventilation for the run
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    Nest boxes...If I could change it...I would have them off the ground...but DH insisted on this version...it should work :)
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    Starting on the wire! Hoping to keep the coons out!
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    Chickies love it! Still a few more things to do...
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    Will be hanging food & water...still have to pick up chains! The roosts are from some of the trees that came down during Hurricane Ike screwed into the walls...birdies love the top one!
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    Can't wait to get some eggs!!
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    Can open & close the chicken door from outside! Locks closed..I really like this! DH did a great job!
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    Still need to paint the door!
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    Inside the run! Will be hanging feeder with a chain...waterer set up on concrete blocks. We decided on sand in the run...cooler & birdies love it!
    Sprinkled some DE around. We'll also be putting in something they can climb/roost on..DH has a great idea for a 'tree' roost.
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    All done!!
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    Things still to do...find a place for a very comfortable chicken watching chair :-D
    Thanks for looking!!!

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  1. vegaome
    Beautiful place you have there. I really like it.

    v/r

    Mike
  2. Themehmeh
    How do you clean under the coop? that looks like a tough job
  3. JoeCole
    Very nice chicken coop, I think that's the plan I will go with. Thanks
  4. tylgar6601
    I LOVE LOVE this coop!!! love the top over the outside run...great job
  5. superseeds
    great job on the coop... I too would be interested in plans if available please.
    thanks
  6. SewForth
    Do you have a blueprint for this coop? This is exactly what I have been looking for! Please let me know if there are plans I can purchase. Thanks
  7. chicki-vicki
    love it ... love it -- looks southeast texas -- piney woods perhaps -- great job -- we just bought some land on cowbouy and there is a storage building of sorts Ive been eyeballing -- do wish it was up higher off the ground but be as it may it's looking pretty good to me as a starting point -- I'm a newby to this hopeing mine will be half as nice as yours -- thanks for good ideas -- enjoy
  8. MrsRing00
    This looks strikingly similar to the coop designs hubby and I have sketched out! Looks great!

    One question-Have you had your girls lay any eggs underneath the coop? And if so, how did you get them out?
  9. Urk-ah-urk-ah-urr'
    "Sprinkled some DE around"
    Missed that part... ok, that should help with the fire ants.
  10. Urk-ah-urk-ah-urr'
    You have a beautiful place and a great looking set up/coop.
    I have seen variations on this style of coop/run before and really like the version y'all have settled on.
    I didn't notice what area of you were located but, having lived in Texas for all but four years of my life, I have a couple of questions/comments:
    1.) How do you clean the area under the hen house?
    2.) I really like the hardware cloth... looks fantastic. How do you keep mosquitoes from devouring your girls at night and wasps during the day?
    3.) The sand flooring is a great idea as far as moisture control and decadent dust bathing but, do you just run a rake through it to control poop and, thus, flies.
    4.) Fire ants... I haven't seen any mention of fire ant control/guards on any coop design on this site. Thoughts?
    5.) When are you coming to my house and building something half as great as this for me? I make fantastic cornbread, have cold beer and sweet iced tea and have my own lemon pound cake that would make your mama cry.
    Peace and blessed be.

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