Our Holiday Chick-Inn

By dwgov, Aug 29, 2013 | Updated: Oct 10, 2013 | | |
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  1. dwgov
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    I only wish I had taken more pictures during construction. My name is Dave. My wife, myself & 2 children live in Southern New Jersey. I am permanently disabled due to many health issues, but I'm the kind of person that has to keep busy. I have numerous friends that have chickens and I thought it would be something I'd like to do. First I would like to thank everyone at BYC. 99% of what I learned came from this site & its members. Well here goes :)

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    I started the project in May of 2013. I actually started building the run first. I tried to utilize any old lumber I had lying around. I did need to buy 2X3's ( because I wanted to keep the cost down as best I could. I know it may not last as long as 2X4's, but I can always replace them down the road. I built the run in 4 ft. sections to make assembly as easy as possible. I sunk some 2X3X8's in the ground to connect the sections to. The run is 8X24.

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    I used my old shed for the coup & with some modifications I think it turned out great.I added to windows to the back to provide some cross ventilation. The coup is 8X10. I added a couple roosts from some trees I cut down and a little ladder from some scrap wood.

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    Oh & I can't forget our first chicks :) I sectioned off with chicken wire and a piece of plywood (put the plywood down for easy cleaning) a 4X4 in the corner of the coup. Our first batch consisted of 4 EE, 4 Red Sex Links, 1 Black Sex Link & 1 White Leghorn.

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    I used heavy gauge wire for the bottom 4 ft. of the run & poultry wire for the top. I also used some old plastic netting to cover the top. We have hawks around here. I wanted to replace the existing front windows. My 13 year old son a few years back shot holes in them with his bb gun. I guess boys will be boys.

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    I added another roost because I heard the roost should be higher than the nesting boxes.

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    I used 4 plastic tubs for nesting boxes. Just hope they're not to high. We'll see, but if they turn out to be I'll lower them.

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    I built perches, but had to remove the boxes for now, the girls were sleeping in them.Oh yes, as you can guess I had to get more chicks. My reasoning, 1 of the EE turned out to be a roo. My wife was gonna kill me. Anyway 4 Buff Orpingtons & & 1 more Black Sex Link. Now we have 1 roo and 14 pullets I think haha.I had to try and block the section off with netting because the older birds insist on sitting on top of the chicks. Too much poop falling in on the young ones.

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    Replaced the front windows using poultry wire and some old screening.

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    Fancy artwork from my daughter...

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    I let them out of their pen every morning for an hour or two just to explore...
    Well thanks again to everyone for the great ideas and this Great site. Now thanks to you, I've become addicted to my Chickens...

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    Well ok. I think I'm done, haha. Enlarged the run by 92 square ft. That was my original plan, but got lazy.

    And today August 30, 2013 I got my biggest surprise...

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    Our 1st egg ! Small and soft, but it's a start. It makes all the work even more worth while. [​IMG]

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    He is one Proud roo! Thanks everybody.

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  1. cluck cluck 123
    I love your coop!
  2. Ramblin Rooster
    looks like fort knox. those are some lucky chickens!
  3. kitmarlowescot2
    Dwgov, has your rooster been doing his job and keep his pullets safe and happy and too over mated or attacking humans ?
  4. dwgov
    Hey Bunny. You're probably right, I could have taken more safety precautions, but I think I'm ok. The only predators I have to worry about are hawks (we do have quite a few). I put most of my energy into making the coup secure. I do have netting over the run & it seems to be a good hawk detourant. As far as my coup, I let the chickens out in the morning and secure them in at night. All windows are secured with hardware cloth & I have a bolt lock on the door. So far so good.
  5. BunnyLover44
    Looks and sounds great! One question though, is it pretitor proof? Were I live we have hawks, foxs, and raccoons, cant they fly/climb into the coop by climbing the fence or do you have a roof over the whole erea?
  6. kitmarlowescot2
    Beautiful coop and pretty EE rooster too. I hope his personality stayed nice and he doesn't attack anyone.
  7. dwgov
    Oh & ps to you cstronks. I'm originally from Plainfield (Union Co.) and worked many years in Paramus. I truly miss N. Jersey :)
  8. dwgov
    You guys are all Great & Thanks for the comments. The only thing I did worry about was the nesting boxes being to high (about 3 1/2 feet) but I've had absolutely no problem. The hen's lay great. Oh and as far as the blue eggs, I get green :) I've of course added to the flock. 4 Buff Orpington's & 1 more Black SL. I average 9 eggs a day, even in the cold weather. Thanks & Love all You guys...
  9. Betsy57
    Love the chair out there so you can sit and watch the entertainment. I find myself doing that all the time spending too much time watching my chickies and ducks.
  10. cstronks
    Great job! Way to represent NJ chickens here! I live in North Jersey, Passaic County, and we have a ton of hawk too. My run is fully enclosed, but when they free range they are exposed. Luckily, my yard has A LOT of trees, and hawks pretty much can't see anything. Plus there is always shade for the birds. Job well done!
  11. roostersandhens
    That's an awesome coop!
  12. thechickenboss
    Looks great and I love the name!
  13. Studio2770
    Fantastic job! Congrats on the first egg and expect much more to come! What a handsome rooster you have!
  14. CountryGeorge
    Just wait until you get your first blue egg, that is wonderful fun!
  15. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  16. dwgov
    Thanks...
  17. judyki2004
    beautiful!
  18. hdmax
    Very nice, and congrats on the first egg!
    However, I'd consider putting a layer of 1/2" hardware cloth over the existing wire, it looks like minks, and other smaller preditors could easily get in to the pen. Even a raccoon would have a hey day pulling chickens through the openings, and nipping their heads off. My nephew lost about 15 2 month old chicks like that earlier this past spring in just one evening.
  19. TwoCrows
    Wow...your coop is absolutely gorgeous! Love the run as well!
  20. dwgov
    Thanks Stumpy.
  21. Stumpy
    Wow -- It is absolutely lovely and looks great and secure. I would definitely lower the egg boxes.
  22. dwgov
    Thanks...
  23. lawrencerooney
    Good job on the whole deal. Both the run and the coop look great

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