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Our coop April 2015

By chic101, Apr 12, 2015 | | |
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  1. chic101
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    We got our first chickens 3.5 weeks ago. They've been in our finished basement in a borrowed oversized dog crate. We put a tub of dirt and sand mixture in their crate and they love it. 3 gold sex links named Hermione, Layla and lady Gaga. Lady Gaga might be a rooster which would be quite funny since my son named her and. He really wanted a rooster from the get go. Then we have 3 black sex links named Mrs. Wesley, Amy Farrah Fowler, Bellatrix. Big Harry Potter fans here.

    We live in MA and our weather is finally getting nice enough that we started the chicken coop yesterday. We were able to get a big consolidated shipment crate that big machines are shipped to companies. The measurements are 29 inches x 55 inches. A coworker had recently got and built a coop using the same and it came out perfect.

    Excited to be able to get the girls out soon. I think they are getting bored inside.

    I took a few pictures.

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  1. judyki2004
    I would love to see photos of your coop in progress & finish, as well as the 'girls & "lady Gaga" ' lol
  2. Mellow1
    Good going! The only pic I've uploaded myself is my avatar pic, but found if you type in the search bar 'how to upload pics' a few answers come up. That's if you have them loaded onto your computer. Maybe someone else can help you along a little more than I. Have fun with the build!
  3. chic101
    We actually have two of these crates. They are identical in size. I was going to use them side by side and use one as storage. After reading this( after months and months researching on here, I can't believe I missed the recommended space for each bird.). Such a slacker!!!

    So now the plan is to build the other crate and put them together. Shouldn't be too much of a problem but more work I didn't account for.

    Ordered the lumber for the run and that is getting delivered tomorrow. I'd post pictures of the coop so far but I can't figure out how to upload a picture to my post.
  4. Mellow1
    I have to ditto the above comment, but the crate is a good base start, and adding on shouldn't be too much of a problem. This is where it can be fun, the expanding part can get creative. Looking forward to pics :)
  5. Brookliner
    The dimensions of your coop will equal 11 sq ft. Each chicken takes 4 sq ft. Of coop plus 10 sq ft of run. So your co op can hold 3 chickens. I would suggest doubling the size of your coop.

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