Our first ever attempt at a coop and run.

By MRS McKlucky · Jul 3, 2018 ·
  1. MRS McKlucky
    We decided to re-purpose our custom built green house but didn't know as to what to do.
    We then hit on the idea of starting to keep chickens.
    After some research to be sure we were up to the task, my other half set about transforming it into a new home for hens.
    We set up in March this year with 5 hens and now are the proud owners of 2 silkies as well that we keep in a separate run during the day.
    It's been fun and I really enjoy it and so does 2 of our 4 grandchildren, who love to do a bit of chicken whispering when they stay over.

    And one of my friends brings fruity treats every time she visits and practically begs to be allowed to go and spoil the girls.
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  1. N F C
    "Predator Proof?"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 18, 2018
    I'm wondering how sturdy this is against predators. Chicken wire and plastic walls don't seem really secure...maybe there's something I'm not seeing in the photos? Can you provide more info regarding that please?
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    1. MRS McKlucky
      Yeah. Firstly mounted on a slab base that goes beyond the frame. High gauge mesh not cheap, easily cut mesh. Also even though you see plastic it is a very high grade durable plastic quite expensive thermal(mesh also covers all over whole frame including roof. Also thick sturdy wood. Also hens on total lock down inside coop. Also a two door lockable highly durable cat flap that leads to outside run. Also sensor lights all over.
      Our concerns are foxes, cats and badgers, they can't dig under and wire too thick to break. And when they are put to bed we double check every exit and whole run and coop checked daily for signs of preditor. None so far.
  2. ronott1
    "Good conversion of a green house to a coop!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    I would love to see more details on the poop board, litter material and etc.

    Nice effort!
    1. MRS McKlucky
      It's a simple pull out tray below the roosts. We do a good clean up once every 2 days. Pull out the tray, wash it with hot water washing up liquid, swill and airdry. We use wood shavings mixed with diatom in small measure. Sand on main coop/run floor. We collect the droppings and any other unwanted materials. Spray chicken disinfectant and diatom raked in the sand. Outside run is soil, cleaned and raked.
  3. SavKel&RynKel
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    Cute coop! Would love it if in the article you could post the name or a link to your coop if it's a prefab. And also how you like it and if you modified it at all.


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