Coop Mahal 2 0

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  1. ChickendeVille
    Welcome to Coop Mahal 2.0:

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    I decided to embark in the adventure of raising chicken a couple years ago. After ample research, I came up with the design of my coop. I wanted to make my coop not only pleasing to the eye but also convenient to me. I originally designed a 4x8 coop with a 8x8 run. Of course, after one year and 4 chickens, I decided I like it so much that I was going to get another 4 chickens. The coop was good for up to 8 chickens. Although this was the case, I wanted to be prepared for future need and expanded the coop and the run to accommodate a total of 12 chicken. The new coop is 6x8 and the run is a 3 part run that is all connected: 2 6x8 and 1 3x8.

    Here is the original coop from scratch:

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    Originally I burried cinder blocks around the entire perimeter and used chicken wire. In the addition, I simplified the processed by using hardware cloth and extending another foot and half of the cloth to predent predators from digging.

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    I covered the floor with stick-on tiles for easy clean up.

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    I used repurposed windows (double pan too!) at $4 dollar a piece.

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    I reinforced the bottom two feet with hardware cloth

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    Here is the addition: The goal of the addition is to allow two different flock of chickens to co-exist before the final introduction. Currently there is a temporary wall inside the coop and two different chicken exist. The runs are also seperated temporary. All the girls get to see each other but no pecking is happening from the adult ones to the young ones.

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    This time I used hardware cloth all around. For two reasons: it is stronger and keep the smallest pest (rats) at large. it is also a lot easier to handle.

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    Here is the smaller run which is not covered, allows for more sun in the afternoon.


    Now moving on to the inside. Few things I modified since I started:
    - Lowered to the nesting boxes below the roost
    - added poop board
    - made space for storage of the feed and different cleaning supplies


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    Laying hen...

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    I use the deep litter method which works really well

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    Here is the temporary wall.

    Thank you for looking.

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  1. Nutcase
    Awesome work love it!
  2. judyki2004
    wow, beautiful! not just the coop all we can see of the garden on this photos! Blessings!
  3. Kiniska
    Very nice coop!
  4. salt and pepper
    i love your coop!
  5. ChickendeVille
  6. ChickendeVille
    Wow, thank you for featuring my coop! I worked so hard at it. The coop works really well and I have no complaints on the upgrades. @aussie5, I can see your point on the smell as last year I experienced a bit of smell...Since I added the poop boards though, it seems to be working just fine, most of the poop is removed on a daily basis which allows for the wood shaving to stay clean longer.
  7. aussie5
    Good looking coop. One problem I see with the inside coop though is that deep litter works best when placed directly on the soil. The reason is that without the activity of micro-organisms in the soil the manure will not break down quickly and will require more regular cleaning. With deep litter on soil I can go 12 months without cleaning, the micro-organisms and hens scratching take care of the manure, no smell, no mess to stand on and the litter can be put directly on the garden each year without burning sensitive plants. I have been doing this for 15 years in town where smell and rodents cannot be tolerated. I dig the chicken wire down 2 feet to keep rodents out.
  8. Amerraucana101
    That is a GREAT coop.
  9. ChickensAreSweet
    Very nice job! Looks great!
  10. RangingChicks
    Great job I am sure your chickens are happy :)
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  12. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  13. GloriaGaynor
    What kind of tacks are those in the hardware cloth?
  14. Pent
    wow, this is beautiful, if a little out of my price range. It looks so professional!

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