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The Borg

By nellynelly, Jul 6, 2012 | | |
  1. nellynelly
    resistance (to chickens) is futile.

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    i started researching coops and chicken needs about 1 year before i actually completed the construction. the coop needed to hold 4 birds and i wanted to use recycled/free material. we travel a good amount, so they needed to always have access to some dirt. we have a small urban lot, so room was an issue.

    i decided to build an elevated cube (4'x4'x4'), with a permanent run area below. the nesting box is within the cube.

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    nest boxes under construction

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    main (human) access to the coop.

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    after i installed the metal roof, i got concerned about internal heat (i did install vents all along the roof eaves) so i decided to go "green". i sealed the roof with Henry's and installed a plastic liner. the roof slope is at 2% (i know, not enough, but i wanted a cube). i used a planting mixture of 1/2 coir, 1/4 pumas, and 1/4 compost. initially used a wildflower mix, but have slowly been replacing with succulents and sedums (the wildflower mix looked pretty rough in late summer).

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    roof prior to planting (and trim).

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    coop with access to run (2'x25'). we open this up daily. i would like to continue the run around the perimeter of the yard, i just need more security bars. the door of the underside swings open to create a secure pathway to the run.
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    inside of coop (pre cleaning). i add bedding when needed, clean once a month or so. i have started using coffee chaff.

    total cost of coop was ~$50.

    one thing i would change would be better human access to under side of coop (it would be hard to get to inured bird).

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    dr crusher and cmdr riker.

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  1. marian0116
    Very Borg! Too funny.
    "Like the roof top garden"
    Always thought Dr. "Crusher" funny name for a doctor. I had a "Dr Payne" for a dentist.
  2. joan1708
    Interesting! I hope the "authorities" never have to come out to look at your coup. You could get in trouble for the signs?

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