COOP-de-GRACE

By Pescadoman66, Apr 8, 2014 | Updated: Apr 20, 2014 | | |
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    Added a roosting bar along with a ladder made from a neighbors birch tree he took down
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    This is my coop that I am building and preparing for several new chicks that are supposed to be here on the 23rd of March. This coop is of 4'4 X 8'4 in size with a min. height of 5' and a max. height of 6'6 interior. I guess if I would of put a little more thought into the design I would of made it 4' X 8' only to make it a bit more easy on me with the plywood exterior and floor but oh well it gives me the space on the interior. Almost all the wood I had laying around either in my shed or I picked up from a job site or if a fence was being taken down I would grab some of the fence boards from them and plane them down. The frame itself is made up of 2X3 kiln dried lumber and OSB, that is about the only portion that I bought along with the raidiant barrier sheathing on the roof. All of the rest of the materials are redwood fence boards for the batt and board lower siding, clear heart douglas fir flooring for the siding above that is probably about 50 years old, the rest is African Mahogany door jams left over from a job site for trim. This project has evolved over the time of building it only because I have so much stuff that I just kept using it to get rid of it. Did I mention that I design homes so this
    is kind of a Coop De Grace for me

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  1. mimiywan
    Those are some lucky chickens!
  2. YardBirdMom
    Nice job! It looks wonderful!
  3. Pescadoman66
    Thank you all for the wonderful comments - One Chick Two, you have an awesome point and since I am still building it I will put in Two lower vents near the floor to give it better cross ventilation and your idea of being able to close them to adjust is great info. Do you have any photos of your henhouse and your ventilation as you have stated. As much as I want to finish this it is better to get as much information and have it right the first time then learn from my mistakes. Today I put the rafters up and got the outside wall started for the outside pen area. As much as it looks good I want it to function just as good too.
  4. One Chick Two
    Your henhouse looks beautiful! From your photos, it looks as though you only have the window(s) for ventilation? If you haven't already (or we just can't see it...) you might want to consider also installing some sizeable floor vent ventilation in addition to what you have. Chickens don't urinate, their droppings are a mix of both, and have a fair amount of ammonia, which builds up quickly. There are many different illnesses that can be caused by closed-in fumes, especially blindness. Good cross ventilation is more important than warmth, (unless you are in an extremely cold area under 20 degrees). We have our all four henhouse vents near the floor wired underneath with hardware cloth so we can open and adjust the vents for increased/ decreased airflow and temperature- at least two are open in winter.
  5. windnleavesfarm
    It looks very well built!
  6. buffchicks
    Looks awesome!
  7. teneyck farms
    good job i like your coop

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