First time owning chickens!

  1. lovechicks1293
    Hello everyone! My name is sophie and this article is about my first time owning chicks. well,It's not about owning them it's about building the coop for now. I am not getting the chicks until the spring of 2017, but my mom and dad asked me and my sister, @elpaint03 to design the coop! So that will keep us busy until we start building the coop this fall/winter.

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    I will keep adding posts until the chicks arrive and the I will start a new article about keeping them and raising them. I hope you enjoy this article and I will now start actually posting stuff!

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    Here is the basic idea of what the coop is going to look like. My mom wants it (both the coop and run) to be tall enough so my dad and mom can walk into it with out crouching down. We are building it against a tree so they will always have some shade and sun at the same time!
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    I don't really know how much room each chicken would have, so I kinda guess around 9-10 sq-ft for each bird (6) plus a little extra here and there. That's it for now, I will keep you posted on our coop design/build.

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    okay, I laid out an actual outline of our coop, my dad brought home a bunch of 2x8s and 2x10s home along with some shorter pieces. The measurements are 24' long and in this picture the bottom part is 6'. This is for the run by the way, the coop is 6' wide and 10' long

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    It looks smaller in the picture. Keep that in mind. In this next picture you see a bunch of brush by the tree, we are going to clean that out so the chickens can have extra run space.

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    With extra run space the measurements are 24' long, and on the left side it's like, 16'. This last picture is just a different angle on it, also to keep in mind we are building it off of the white shed.

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    sooo i made some different measurements... in the second picture, on the left side, it is now 24' instead of 16' and run i expanded out 2'. pictures will be posted soon!

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  1. med1pilot
    Good luck. More than half the fun is in the design phase. Look at different web sites, read some of the threads on this site, talk to other chicken owners if you can. Never stop learning. Don't take offense when others try to force their opinions on to you. I've found in just a short time on this site that there are a few people who are what I call "bully posters". They have strong opinions on how things should be, and will try to make you feel like your a bad person if you don't follow their advice. Take others advice with a grain of salt and compare to many. Out of all that material you will find what works for YOU. Have fun with the process, and we look forward to seeing your progress.
  2. lovechicks1293
    How did you build your coop without spending more than around $40??? Did you use a bunch of recycled materials? I will defiantly use a different pair of shoes when I will go inside the coop, my moms friend's chicken coop has a bunch of poop, she uses the deep little method but it could use a cleaning now[​IMG] Lol thank you for the tips!
  3. Foristers
    Good luck with your chicken coop. I just built mine over the summer and my new chickens moved in in July. I wanted to see how low I could keep kept the price on the construction and I think I did pretty well. I only spent about $40.
    I would post a photo but I guess I cannot here. One thing though - if you plan on building the coop and run so that you can walk into it, I would definitely get a pair of "chicken shoes" - or maybe designate an old pair of sneakers as your chicken shoes. I do not walk in the house or even the garage with my chicken shoes on. I take them off on the porch. LOL. Oh by the way, before you begin construction perhaps get to know which breed of chicken that you want to get because the breeds are different sizes. I got Buff Orpingtons which are a large breed so I had to adjust all of my measurements before I started building. Again good luck!

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