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Jeb251s Chicken Coop

  1. jeb251
    my new breeder cages

    well, I have been around chickens since the day I came home from the hospital as a baby so you think I would know not to buy more chickens if you don't have the coops already built, but I did it, I got lavender orps, bcm (both from Paul Bradshaw at Greenfire Farms, great to do business with by the way), buff bramas, black americanas and white americanas, oh yea and blue polish, so what do I do now, I guess I build, I decided I would build 6 connecting coops with a rain water capturing system that is cooled for summer and heated for winter as we get some pretty cold weather here and filled with fresh water every time it rains. I use a nipple system that is heat taped in the double layer coop and it works great, so it was a good place to start the new system will supply both sets of coops. I wanted sand in the runs because my property is very heavy clay and it gets muddy pretty fast, so I decided a sand box under the coops would work good since I have about 8 tons of sand left over from a septic job, so without further here are some pics of what I have done so far.

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    the design, I drew it up on google scketchup
    this is how I connected the parts for the sand box
    and the boxes completed, the runs will set on top of the boxes
    some of the birds picking out there rooms

    the delivery system
    and the hardest part the sand, it took two loads per box

    the help showed up just in time to level the sand in the last box, those bums

    and the boxes filled with sand and leveled
    putting the run walls together
    it's much easier building them here before they go up

    and here they are wired up and ready to go

    the paint didnt turn out to be the color it was supposed to be so the pink side is going inside

    hurts to look at doesn't it

    and here is the outside color, was supposed to be red but the dear wife informed me the color had changed, so as usuall I'm just doing what I am told

    I'm kinda liking this thing

    gates are on

    roof and pannels are on, the wite panel on the side is a vent cove, the bottom is open and the vent is covered with chicken wire, it doubles as a tool rack
    here is how they get inside the coop, the outside roost also serves as a cool place to sleep in the heat
    the inside, remember the pink, at least you cant see it now
    and the back
    one of my $5, 5 minuet pvc hopper feeders in each coop
    is that an egg already
    the water storage tank is 55 gallons and inside an insulated box, it is heated with two 100 wat light bulbs controlled by a thermo cube that is mounted inside the insulated box so it measures the inside temp rather than the ouside temp
    here is the coolest part of the coop, rain collects on the roof an runs into the storage tank through the pvc pipes, there is an over flow pipe in the tank so when its full excess rain water it diverted out the back
    a closer look
    the pipe comes out of the tank storage box and into the runs under the coops, there are watering nipples in each coop and the pvc pipe is wrapped with heat tape and wrapped with insulation and duct tape
    here you can see the water pipe running through the runs, I just love this system, it is low tec automatic and so far maint free, I have been using it all summer and have not had to fill the tank yet, a little rain is all it takes, and if the tank is full the fresh water flushes the tank leaving it full of water from that day although, I have checked the water after beeing in the tank for a month without rain and it was as fresh as the day it went in
    I love this coop, it is low maint, easy to clean and easy on the eys not to mention the runs never get muddy and I never have to drag a hose out there or swap out frozen waterers and the birds can get in a dust bath anytime they want, so far this is the best coop I have built, but my wife got some silkies this summer so I will be building new coops again next summer, we are keeping them in the green tractor now, but when she starts to breed them, I'm gonna have to em built.

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  1. awholland
    I want something like this! Looks like I am about to put the hubby to work!
  2. familypendragon
  3. jeb251
    thank you, it has worked out very well and i have designed and sold several similar systems, mine is still working like new even in the dead of winter
  4. cubbycopter47
    Love your watering system I think I going to use that. And you did a great job. The job looks like it was done by a pro!
  5. jeb251
    they are on here as well
  6. jchny2000
    Wonderfully well thought out, now i am rethinking again!!!
    Love the watering idea.
    Do you have your feeders posted also, they look like they would be very clean.
  7. jeb251
    ireally love them, we were about three months into a drought before i had to fill the water tank
  8. crazycatfisher
    I really like the design. I am being forced into a breeding situation. Icelandic's and welsummer's
    The wife has caught the chicken math bug. Gonna go a little bigger though. The water idea is great
  9. jeb251
    usually a quad, but I have had up to six
  10. critterbug
    Just curious, how many chickens do you keep in each section?

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