"Still working on a name" Coop - Open to name suggestions!

By WhirlyBirds · Jun 11, 2014 · Updated Jun 11, 2014 · ·
  1. WhirlyBirds
    We are brand new to the chicken world and are very excited to have our little girls (or chicken nuggets, as my husband lovingly calls them!)

    We knew we wanted only three chicken, so our coop is small. We want to expand the run after we figure out what we are doing!

    We started with a coop we purchased online. It's only about 3x4ish.

    We cleared the land, laid wire on the ground, covered it with dirt and laid pavers for the run. Molly is handsomely supervising.

    Next we attached the coop to the run and placed it on the pavers.

    Walls going up. The run is about 3x6x8.
    Wire going up...
    Completed with the door, and fortified with wire. We bent the ground wire up and attached it to the walls to deter the digging critters. We think it's a pretty strong fortress, but I guess only time will tell!

    We are using the nipple waterer and they immediately caught on! Sand on the bottom because we read it is easy clean up.

    Our chicken nuggets on their first day!

    I should also mention that we will free range our birds when we are home. They won't be in the coop all the time.

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  1. mainechicklet
    Keep in mind that both raccoons and opossums climb extremely well and will stick their mitts through chicken wire, grabbing your hens by their necks or legs. I still recommend hardware cloth, top and all sides, even though it's a bit more expensive.
  2. WhirlyBirds
  3. WhirlyBirds
    Thanks! We don't have weasels but we do have raccoons and opossums so we did put up chicken wire around the bottom. So far, so good!
  4. mainechicklet
    Absolutely you need hardware cloth! I too have all your mentioned predators plus more but had never in my life seen a weasel until last week. It was the size of a baby ferret. Not good!!!! They will annihilate your entire flock in one bloody rampage. So you never quite know what is lurking around your coop.
  5. WhirlyBirds
    Thanks! We don't have weasels but we so have other critters. Someone else suggested the same thing. We are going to install hardware cloth this weekend. Thanks for the feedback!
  6. Brookliner
    The run wire you are using is not predator proof you need 1/2 " hardware cloth to keep raccoons and possums out not to mention weasels.
  7. WhirlyBirds
    Oh! Good point! I guess we need to test that! We are trying to handle them as much as possible so they won't run from us.
  8. ChemicalchiCkns
    How will you get the cycens in the Run, when you are leaving mid-Day?

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