2 coop questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sangel4you, May 5, 2009.

  1. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I am planning to start my coup this weekend for my almost 6 week old girls (yeah I know I'm late getting started).
    Due to that though, we are putting them in a temporary coop because they're too big for their brooder and they smelly for our room anymore! Lol plus I'm tired of dusting! So for a wekk or two while my brother and his dog are gone, we are using the dog pen he has built and turning it into a temporary coop. IT is basically treated 2x4s floor about 2.5-3ft off the ground and is about 4ftx8ft. Then it is about 5 feet high and has fencing around it, and has a covered roof, and of course there's a dog house built inside that yet (sorry cam batt is dead or I'd post a pic). For the girls though, we are going to close off the dog house (i don't think my bro would be happy about roosting hens or their poop in his dog house when he gets home) and put hay on the ground (er I mean the wooden floor for easier clean up) and build a quick box from plywood to put a roost in. Do you think that will be ok? The reason I'm explaining the temp coop so much is because what we are thinking for our permanent one is basically the same idea, but only the "box" inside would be slightly larger than the 2x2' that this temp one will be and of course have a place for their roosting pole, nesting box, and food and water inside of it incase we go away, but we are thinking the same basically off the ground house inside a cage type coop. I want to keep it off the ground because around here it's frequently damp and there are a lot of digging varments and the land owners don't want excessive digging for this. So I guess my questions are, do you have any suggestions, do they NEED to be on the ground for a run? (they will be able to periodically free range when we're home most of the day), and also since I'm making this permanent "box" more elaborate and "future" ready than the temporary one, how much space, width wise do leghorns specifically need to roost? Because I'm hoping to make my roosts 3 feet wide at most, but I don't think they will all fit. (there are five, and they currently all roost in about 16" of space! [​IMG] ) And if not and I have to go with to separate roosts, how far apart do they need to be?
    Thanks all for your patience and help! As soon as my battery is charged and it stops raining I will work on getting a pic of the dog pen as is so you get an idea what I mean.


    here the pen is right now:
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    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  2. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so now with the pics it's a little better to understnd what I mean right? lol
     
  3. backyardchickenfarmer

    backyardchickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds ok for now. if you biuld your permanent coop that way i would block off one wall with ply-wood for draft pretection. Thats just my 00.2
     
  4. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh yeah I didn't think of that! Thanks...BYC'ers rock!
     
  5. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking for answers to the other questions...
     
  6. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I were you, I'd make a coop the size of the whole elevated "cage" structure you're currently using, and then extend a run two or three times that size from the coop (on the ground). That way you'd have lots of room for your current chicks, and a little more room if you ever want to get more. My chickens like to scratch around in the dirt. Additionally, it seems like it would be more expensive if you tried to make an elevated run that was sizeable.
     
  7. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, but problem is our landowner doesnt want them ruining the ground so he agreed if we could keep them mostly off of it. That's why, I'm not sure if they NEED to be on the ground or if they'll do ok as long as they get freshair and room to spread their wings
     
  8. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nice coop looks really good for being made homemade
     
  9. mygor

    mygor Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:What you need is a chicken tractor. Something you can move around the yard every day. So they don't tear up the grass. There are plenty of examples at this site. Just remember to keep it light, so you can move it.
     

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