An idea I want to see what you all think of it

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PaulaSB12, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. PaulaSB12

    PaulaSB12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two chicken coops in my garden out in the middle of the garden. I am wanting to replace both of these with a single shed with shelving in it so they can sleep on it. I had a bad case of red mite and until I got rid of it (I painted the shed inside and out white with diatmanous earth) they slept in the cat run sleeping on the shelving (scaring the cats as well). Now where I want to put the shed is protected by next doors fence (where I live as you look at your garden you own the left hand fence the neighbour owns the right) and the house what I want to do it put a door on the wall that will fold flat when not in use and a brace for a fold down roof so when its needed there is now a run with a roof. I need to make it so my neighbour can get to his fence and they are only shut in the run when I am on night shift and they have to go to bed a bit early so any other time its not needed. do I sound insane or is this possible? They are shut in on night shift which with the number of days I work works out at about 85 per year.
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Honestly, whether you build a new coop or not, you need to kill the mites. Red mites are particularly dificult. DE will NOT do it. You need to get some Sevin 5% garden dust, lean out the coop, dust birds and coop, and replace the bedding with fresh. Then repeat in 10 days. I would also use some Sevin spray on the coop for difficultplaces like cracks, corners and the undersides of roosts. And, you will need to repeat the process in 10 days.

    I am afraid if you try to solve the problem by rebuilding, you will soon have the same problem in the new building. Here is just one thread on these bugs.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ation-how-to-treat-coop-in-subzero-temps/0_20
     
  3. PaulaSB12

    PaulaSB12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red mites long gone I want a new coop with a shelf because I noticed when they where in the cat run how much they enjoyed sleeping on a shelf. Mind you the sight of my little bantam chasing the cat in to the house was funny as well.
     
  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    It sounds like a great idea...but at the same time, I really can't picture it.

    So... I have no comments. :D

    Sorry.
     

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