advice on building my first coop and run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AmyLittle, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. AmyLittle

    AmyLittle In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2015
    In April I am planning to build my first coop. My year old chickens are currently liveing in a dog kennel. Plus I'm hopeing to eventually add my babies. So it will have at least 24 chickens in it. My brother may help but if he doesn't I'm on my own. Any advice would be welcome. I can't afford a lot but want something that will last.
  2. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chirping

    Sep 2, 2014
    If you are going to have 24 chickens, it needs to be a rather large coop...on the order of 100sq feet or so. I built mine out of pallets...but did a proper framing on the interior to ensure good support for the roof. You can use a myriad of recycled materials...your imagination is the only limit!!
    If you do a plywood floor, make sure you seal it...I used a primer paint and put down 4 coats on top and 4 on bottom that faces the ground because mine is low to the ground and ground moisture does evaporate and rise.....
    Make sure the run has plenty of room for your girls as well. My run for 6 is 96 sq ft

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