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That is pretty cool.
4sq ft per hen in the coop and 10 sq ft per hen outside the coop.
So that is a total of 14 sq ft per hen.
And that is the Bare Minimum. It is much...
12 chickens max.
Deep litter with pine shavings would work nice and you only need to clean it every 6 months or so.
Online coop builders always drive me crazy with their chicken math.
Plus there is never enough ventilation! Coops built by chicken owners have big...
If built properly, your coop should have giant open ventilation areas. (1sq ft per chicken)
With that much open air, the temp inside the coop...
DLM only creates heat when it is moist and can compost.
Here in the dry desert we don't have to worry about that so DLM works fine.
From: University of California, Davis
I used the concepts from this to build a...
Yes. I have the plans here somewhere. Lemme lookem up.
That is not a coop. That is a bunch of large nest boxes stacked together.
I bet your existing coop will be fine. You do not need insulation for the coop.
Just make it draft free, but still have some ventilation up high....
Sometimes you have to put them on the roost at night. After a few days of waking up in the coop they should get the idea.
Deep Litter Method
Not much, I might clean mine every 6 months.
Talk to the Pro Desk at the local Home Depot.
Take the Sku# mentioned above. They should be able to get you some.
They would prefer you order a...
All Bario said. Though I prefer DLM to a poop board.
Nest boxes with outside access for collecting eggs.
Make sure you can unlock the coop door...
If mountain lion is a real possibility, I would go for something a bit more robust. Like 4 gauge cattle panels covered with stucco mesh...
I make mine with 1/2" metal conduit and stucco mesh.
I started a post with pics about it a few days ago.
Really handy to help keep them out of the...
You may find that some of the hens will roost in the nest boxes instead of the roost.
Generally you want the roost to be the highest...
Assuming you want pics of the fence panels:
I used Zip ties to hold it in place and then went back with 17 gauge galvanized wire to...