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Laying coop and run

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    Here's my 8'x8' coop and 8'x16' run. I used 4x4 treated posts in the corners, 2x6 treated floor joists, and 2 sheets of treated plywood for the floor. 2x4's finished the framework, and 1/2" shop siding covered the exterior. The run is made of treated 2x4's I ripped into 2x2's, and covered with 2"x4" welded wire.

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    Front section of coop (3'x8') is for storage and egg collection.

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    Ladder-style roost is on a pulley-type system so it can be raised for easy clean-out. Door below roost makes for easy clean-out by simply pushing bedding out.

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    Diagonal roosts are removable if needed... but I haven't needed to since they're not in the way of anything.

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    There are two sliding panels on the rear (right and left) that can be adjusted to control ventilation. It's winter, so they are mostly closed to reduce drafts. Plywood creates a natural buffer between ceiling and tin roof to keep things cooler in the summer.

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    There is also a flap on the front that can be opened in warmer weather to create cross-flow.

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    The pop door uses a pulley-type system to open and close without having to enter coop or run.

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    To save time and a lot of labor, instead of digging a trench and burying wire underground to keep critters out, I opted for a set of Solar Nite Eyes. I have one mounted on each corner of the coop and run, and though we have lots of foxes, coyotes, raccoon, opossum, etc., nothing has attempted to dig under the fence. I highly recommend these!!!

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