I have a very little coop, villa Gallina ( https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/judyki2004s-member-page )
in a small backyard. Its a 3'd x 4'w x4'h coop with an atached run of 3' d x 8' w x 4'h + a space of 3' d x4'w x 3'h under the coop, where the feeder and waterer are. It was intended for up to 7 chickens.
My chickens Favio ( the Roo, cooper black maran), Yamina ( mut with some black star on her genes, lays cream medium eggs), Raphaelle ( red layer, lays brown large eggs), Karaya ( longhorn/ eastereagger mix, lays blue xlarge eggs ) and Lady Gaga ( the new girl, an iridiscent black with some white spots tailess that lays small white eggs) are free ranging most of the day.
Yamina so far is the only ona that ever got broody, but the first two times was unsuccesful. This time she sits on 3 eggs, and even when they have tow nest the girls keep laying in her nest; so i had to mark the eggs and try to take the new eggs but as accidents started to happen, i must improvised what i call a "maternity room" in wich she can sit on her eggs undisturbed, in a confort nest, with food, water and privacy. Where hopefully she wanted to stay, and hatched all the different age eggs... actually all the eggs are Raphaelles's. I don't had time or resources to make a bigger coop, so I end up, creating a separate "room", in the extreme end of the room. And that's what i came up with:
- (29) pieces of 1" & 1/2" pvc tubes assorted sizes , t's (10) & elbows (12), unions (2)
- a bag of plastic straps
- pvc adhesive
- 1 piece pvc panel (33"x 22")
- 1 piece 1/4"x 1/4" wire mesh ( 33"x 24")
- 1 "tidy cats" bucket cap
- a piece of inexpensive blue tarp (aprox 7'x 2')
- 1 pc monitor case
- 4 - 1" gypsumboard paneling screws
- small waterer & feeder
And so far it was a succes! Here Yamina with the first 2 chicks! Hatched on 4/27/20215