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By ks_twin_mom · Jan 11, 2012 ·
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    Staff note: We’ve been trying to find a way to restore the missing pics to this article but haven’t had any luck. Hopefully the author will be able to help us get the pics loaded back up!

    My name is Kathleen and I live in St George, Kansas with my husband and b/g twins, Sam and Annie.
    We live on 5 small acres and will be getting some other farm animals but started with chickens. I have been reading this website for useful information and we used a LOT of it to create our coop and run. Then I began looking for some laying hens. I fell into a "starter" set with a mixed batch of 7 hens and 1 rooster. Now I was pretty sure I didn't need or want a rooster but when I met him... my mind was changed! He .. Mr. Big Jim... is a wonderful, calm, regal and gorgeous Buff Orpington. He loves his ladies too so I couldn't separate them!
    We've had them one full day and have gotten 5 eggs already! They seem happy to be here!
    We built the coop with the plans of getting 4-5 laying hens - 7 is a bit much but we now have plans to put up some fencing for them.
    Take a look and see what you think!


    Getting the project started....

    The twins help get the measurements right....

    Annie is checking the nesting box lid...yep, it will work

    Got the run on and almost all painted!

    The backside showing the nesting boxes

    Here is the coop outside set up with the new brood checking it out... (we added a large vent on the front due to something I read on here!)

    Behind the shop and under the big ol' tree for shade. Notice the "raised grass beds" with hail screen over it, at the end of the run.
    Also another brilliant tip from someone on this website!
    This way they can eat some grass but not scratch up the dirt below...so far it's working GREAT!


    Big Jim wondering "What are YOU looking at?"

    Some of the girls ~ 6 full size (3 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Ameraucana and 1 Australorp) and 1 Banty

    Big Jim and the girls

    Learning how to use the chicken watering nipples ~ piece of cake! The 3 Reds caught on first...




    Our family:
    Buddy the Chocolate Lab (thinks he's human...)


    The twins - Annie and Sam

    and one LARGE garden - yum, yum!!
    Kansas sunsets ROCK!!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Size of Set-up"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 28, 2018
    The coop and run seem somewhat small to me for the number of birds. Great to have the kids involved though!
  2. Nardo
    "Nice grass buffet"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    Like this idea of ptUting down raised beds of grass so they can eat it but not scratch it up.
  3. Hope Hughes
    "Nice work"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jun 30, 2018
    With that many chickens, I think a bigger run will make them really happy. But you and you helpers did great! Wish I could see more of the inside.


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