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    Nest Boxes

    Conventional visdom says one nest box per 4 or 5 hens (some sources say per 3 or 4 hens). That would add up to 6 or 7 boxes for your 30 hens. If you were building 7, it might be just as easy to build 8, with an upper and a lower row of 4 each. For a smaller flock , I would tend to go with even...
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    Seeking comments on 4' x 8' coop design (was: ....ultimate chicken tractor/mobile coop...)

    Hi leslielbk, I''m intrigued by your coop, what are the dimensions? What is the interior like?? I want what I'm planning to be movable several times a year, not a tractor to be moved every other day.
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    Seeking comments on 4' x 8' coop design (was: ....ultimate chicken tractor/mobile coop...)

    Thanks for your replies. My significant other said, "What's that, a chicken doll house?" :p The model is 1/16 scale -- 34" = 1'. The one problem I'm not trying to solve is more floor space for a human visitor -- I'm not expecting to be strolling around in there. From that central open spot...
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    How many more hens can I fit comfortably?

    Two questions: Just what are the measurments of the interior of your coop? Do the chickens adapt well to using that spiral starway? Do you think it they like it as much as they would a straight ramp? Do they often just jump or fly linstead of using the stairs?
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    Seeking comments on 4' x 8' coop design (was: ....ultimate chicken tractor/mobile coop...)

    This is a continuation of the thread here.. I'm planning a coop for up to about 10-12 hens, at this point have narrowed my ideas down to this list of features I want: • Walk in, for ease of cleaning, adjusting ventilation, catching chickens, etc.; • Built-in feeders and waterers • Probably 4'x...
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    Why external nesting boxes?

    Thanks for all your replies. The one advantage I can see to the external, "hanging", nesting boxes is that when you design the coop, you don't have to think as much about what to do with the space underneath or above. It does still seem like a bit of additional complication in construction, and...
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    Why external nesting boxes?

    Lots of the coop designs I've seen lately have external nesting boxes, and I really wonder why. I'm all for being able to check for eggs from outside, and I have a door for that on my current tractor -- a vertical door with the hinge on the bottom, so when I open it, I am opening up the back...
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    Hi SimpleChick, Your posting from 2011 about your 4'x 8' for 11 hens wiith 3 nesting boxes...

    Hi SimpleChick, Your posting from 2011 about your 4'x 8' for 11 hens wiith 3 nesting boxes caught my eye, because that sounds a lot like what I am currently planning to build. How does this work out? Is 3 nesting boxes enough? Is it the right size for that number of hens?Anything you can tell...
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    Seeking design suggestions for the ultimate chicken tractor/mobile coop for a small flock

    electrymonk asked, >...for the human door, have you considered the use of a 'indoor' closet door... ..with a good thick layer of paint. I do think a regular outside door for a human house would be too heavy and not needed. I've previously (on my greenhouse) just made a wood frame (with...
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    Comment by 'Poppy Putentake' in article 'Winterizing chickens in octagon coop'

    At 4.25 minutes, watch for the cat climbing the tree in the left background!
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    Seeking design suggestions for the ultimate chicken tractor/mobile coop for a small flock

    Thanks to those who replied. The links supplied by aart were quite helpful. I am starting to understand the advantages of walk-in coops -- open space for the chickens (since they are birds and flying and climbing is their thing), and easy to reach anything inside without needing to make...
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    Seeking design suggestions for the ultimate chicken tractor/mobile coop for a small flock

    Hi all, I've currently got 5 hens, am planning to build a new shelter for them, and to accommodate a possible (modest) increase in number. I'm open to suggestions on design and layout from those more experienced than I. For a large flock, the traditional walk-in type coop makes sense, but for...
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    Low-Tech Winter Waterers -- Insulated and otherwise

    Here is how to make the simple waterers I have been using for my small (5 birds) flock of chickens through Vermont winters. No electricity needed! For insulated waterers, I start with two plastic containers like these. One will fit inside the other. The inner one originally held about 11 oz...
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    Great new product for padock system managment!

    Hi all, The attached ad appeared in my local newspaper today (1 April, 2019). Poppy
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    Sailor Chicken

    Monique "Momo" the hen is sailing around the world, accompanied by her faithful human, Guirec Soudée. Guirec is from France, Monique is from the Canary Islands. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgYV8Lvxw7s
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