Another Coop Idea

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Spicy, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. Spicy

    Spicy Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the style of co-op I think I settled on. Still changing things around and so forth. Wont finished till spring due to surgery, kid, and life in general. But the concept of it seems decent and easier to make people think it's a play house instead of what it's going to be.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    That looks like it's 4'x4' which will not house more than 3 or 4 comfortably in a temperate climate, fewer if you get any amount of snow. If you don't get snow then you will want at least a couple of walls to open to hardware cloth sides. It is very difficult to ventilate a small coop well in a cold climate without creating drafts.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...-go-out-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/163417/please-show-me-your-hot-weather-coops/0_20
     
  3. Spicy

    Spicy Out Of The Brooder

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    Im actually only going to start with 4 chickens. And yes we get snow. I'm going to add windows for the summer and vents for the winter. I can't go too big since I'm hiding it.
     
  4. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So your in a "no chickens allowed" area....I understand the "low profile" design of it!
     
  5. Spicy

    Spicy Out Of The Brooder

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    I sure am. Wish I wasn't. So it has to look like a play house off in the woods. Painting the fencing cloth black to hide it more. And the "play house" will be brown and green. I made the walls 4ft instead of three to give more height.
     
  6. Northern nurse

    Northern nurse Out Of The Brooder

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    Pretty hard to keep chickens a "secret". Once they are grown, even the hens can be pretty noisy at times. Good luck with that, hopefully your neighbors aren't the run and tattle kind and may be more accepting with a few fresh eggs from time to time.
     
  7. Spicy

    Spicy Out Of The Brooder

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    One neighbor had ducks, the neighbor right next to me has no problem and even knows people that have chickens. The neighbor behind me there is about an acre separating us. I will be using my neighbors woods to hide them and there's an acre to two between us, who gave me permission. We had one chicken that lived in the woods haven't seen her for a bit, and no complainted or tattle tellers, and no one could hear her. So we'll see how it goes. And if anything, maybe a few eggs will shut them up, lol.
     
  8. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too am in the "no chickens zone"...lol. So mine is also 4 feet tall at the front and 3 feet tall at the back. I do have approval from my immediate neighbors.....so if the hens can keep it to a dull roar I might just be alright. Hoping anyway!!
     

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