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  1. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Thanks Aart! I should have considered the open door situation. Makes perfect sense. Particularly since I'll be locating the food/supplies (in appropriate containers) along that wall. I'll add that to the list for an apron. For the right side maybe we'll just trench down a good length of...
  2. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    As an update on our coop we have finished all the hardware cloth installation that included covering the gaps at the top where the wood meets the roof. We also added a double set of latches to the coop door and hinges and latches on the outside nesting boxes. We're about to add a chicken run...
  3. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Thanks Scissors65 and Malamute1: Yes - stormy weather aplenty here. Yesterday we were just thinking about attaching tarps to eves that could be rolled down depending on how the rain was hitting. Based on the structure it should be easy enough. And excellent point about velcro strrips on the...
  4. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Thanks for such a thoughtful reply. Again, I fear I missed thinking about mosquitoes. I should have. They get me at sundown plenty enough. We literally just finished attaching the hardware cloth fully on the outside of the coop this weekend and now I wish I had thought of sandwiching finer...
  5. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Aart - thanks! Finally did this. I see your posts all the time. Ever so helpful.
  6. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Yes, this forum is phenomenal. Everyone is just so great. I see so many posts from folks with chickens in distress and there's always many BYC community members right there to help out as much as they can from afar. I've never seen a more supportive online community. BYC humans and their...
  7. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Hi and Thanks. Gotta say, I never thought about all the digging the chickens might do from the inside either. Important point. I'll need to remember that for the run we'll build. I've seen several recommendations for fan use in Florida, so I expect to look into that next. Since I'm...
  8. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Fawnda - We happen to have several spare dog crates on hand, so I'm reading a set up for in the house and outside in the coop. So I'll have both options available to me depending on how well it goes. If it goes well inside (kinda worried about the mess) then I'll probably keep them in longer...
  9. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Thanks so much. I don't know why I didn't think of placing some tin around the bottom. I think that's a good idea. When it isn't raining it's no problem, but here in Florida it rains a lot and I've already seen proof of it coming in from the sides. And closing up in bad weather (hurricanes...
  10. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Hi - Thanks. Not using chicken wire. The coop had a heavy gauge wire on it already and we're covering all of that with hardware cloth. There are lots of different opinions about many things on this board, but it seems everyone is pretty resolute about hardware cloth. So hardware cloth it is!
  11. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    So funny. My dogs bark at (flying bird) shadows. Thanks for the feedback!
  12. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Really relieved to hear that. I read so many things about how easily stressed chickens can get, I'm relieved to know that it's not 100% the case. I think our neighbor will be good enough with the chickens. His work just involves a lot of noise. Thanks!
  13. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    We certainly have snakes around here. Husband said they would just be after the eggs. Then I read that some snakes will try to eat a bird even though they can't with the result being a dead undigested chicken when it realizes it. Not something I want to happen. I have a couple of seedling...
  14. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Oh man, fold down side panels. Never even occurred to me. Hmm. I think I will be adding a stone apron around the three open sides. Y'all are great!
  15. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Ah, I was thinking about using styrofoam for those grooves. One way or another, I'll win the argument with dear hubby. There are so many ways to lose a chicken, I don't want it to be by my own neglect for basic safety. Thank you.
  16. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Thanks Cape Parrot, I may be guilty of being a little envious of all of the very cute coops posted here that show a nice secure lock up area for the chicks at night. So it took a little while to sink into my brain that in this Florida weather, it's probably pretty vital to have good air flow.
  17. hkeibard

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    I do seem to be getting some rain from the sides. The other day after a rain the right side had some water. Here it will depend on which way the rain is blowing I guess. That's another point for going with sand ... maybe? Because of the possible annoyance of getting the right sand, I'm...
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