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Small coop~ Big dreams!

  1. kimthom66
    I decided long ago that I wanted chickens, we live on 20 acres surrounded by woods, wee have other animals and had ducks before but I have always thought the idea of chickens running around seemed ideal!
    But having limited time and a husband who doesn't like eggs I was alone in my dream! We had an old dog house, that had been converted into a duck house, so we thought we should turn that into a coop that way if I ended up not like having chickens (ya right) then I saved myself the expense of buying an expensive coop.

    So this is what we started with...
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    My husband added a pop door, and nesting boxes and a side door for clean out the size of the coop is a little smaller than 3 x 5.

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    We quickly realized that the current run was not big enough so we decided to build a bigger run.

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    We used cedar poles for the posts and then added rails. In hindsight I wish we had made it a bit taller as it's a bit difficult to clean and do other work in the run.

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    I also used chicken wire I know most say to use hardware cloth but the size we needed and the cost kept us from doing so, I can go back and add hardware cloth to the bottom section but I haven't had the chance to do so. [​IMG]
    We did add a bottom board to the run for added safety and there is chicken wire on top as well.

    Completed run with chickens!
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    We have since added metal roofing to the run so they can keep somewhat dry in rainy weather, we are going to upgrade that this spring with a slope added so rain and snow sheds off better. I'm also adding more chickens to the flock have 4 now and adding 4 more...so trying to decide if I'm adding to my current coop or replacing? Check back for updates!
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  1. Laughing Raven
    It looks great and is a really good idea. I'm thinking this cop might just be the one I base my new one on since I've been forced to re-think my chicken keeping options. Love it.!!
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  4. Mac14
    Love it! :)

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