OK... my apologies. I certainly don't log-on enough if the new format is new to me!
Thanks for the kind words! My family and I enjoy the coop everyday! As a matter of fact it was a big cleaning day yesterday taking advantage of the warm weather.
The answers to the questions:
1. It cost about...
Our Chicken Adventure
It has finally happened! We have our first egg!
The kids noticed our Rhode Island Red go off from the flock to visit the nest boxes.
And in a little while....Success!
A perfect egg.
It was just a little smaller than a store bought egg. Not bad for a first...
This simple design was created last winter from hours of pouring over BYC coop plans. We wanted a structure that would look at home in our part of the country and had conversion potential if this chicken experiment went off the tracks.
The coop was designed to house 6-8...
Our BO has been hanging out in the nest box lately. We figured she has gone broody. When my daughter checked for eggs yesterday she noticed that the normally proud hen had lost most of the feather from her breast area. The hen is not low on the pecking order and seems fine otherwise.
Wow! What great craftsmanship.... It is truly a work of art.
I also think it will be very functional. Not much wasted space and a high center will make it easy to clean.
Thanks for sharing what's possible. Nice work!
For 8 hens you will be looking at the medium and large sized coops on this site. You have plenty of time to get this project done before the chicks need a coop. You need to make some decisions soon if you are going to build it yourself. So many styles and great ideas...
I thought the guide at My Pet Chicken was great. They also have a really good breed selection tool that is fun.
I asked my questions to BYC members as they came up. The members here are great.
One word of advice... the number of posts is not a reflection of chicken knowledge. 1500...
We have fox and raccoons in the yard every night during the spring, summer and fall. This set up has been able to keep my birds safe. I even leave the door into the run from the coop open except for the coldest nights. (10 to -10)
A 4x4 base with P.T. 2X4 frame