The "Egg Factory"

  1. btownchix
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    Last fall my daughter showed an interest in raising chickens, so began the journey..............
    I researched and learned a lot about chickens, and found this website and became amazed at all the different chicken coops! So i took a little of this and a little of that from a few coops that i liked and came up with my own design. I did not create any plans to go by and pretty much just designed it as i went along.
    Since it was the beginning of winter i started the coop inside,
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    Everything was prefabbed inside, so it could be put together like a puzzle outside. The coop is 4' x 8', raised two feet off the ground. The coop was framed for six nest boxes but only 4 will be available to chickens, the other two will hold supplies, tools, etc. I wanted windows for ventilation and to increase the overall look since my wife was not 100% on the chicken band wagon, i didn't want it to be an eye sore in the yard. Due to the high cost of windows i made my own out of plexiglass.
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    I did not want to be in a hurry on finishing the project, and figured we would not get the chicks until spring of 2015, unfortunately a friend had hatched 5 new black australorp chicks in January, and guess who became the proud owners?, so the project had to kick into overdrive!
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    i created the run to be 12' by 16', with a roof to provide shade, i installed 2x4 welded wire around the coop and buried it to keep predators out

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    I installed two big doors at the back of the coop for ease of cleaning and also installed two poop trays under the roost to collect the free fertilizer.
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    Things left to do ,
    Install chicken access to the coop from the run
    paint coop
    install epoxy to protect wood floor
    install automatic feeder and waterer
    finish trim

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