any suggestions for my coop / run. I'm calling it good as of now

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by polock, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. polock

    polock Out Of The Brooder

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    So all I really have to do is make nesting box partitions. I have a few months before that has to be done. Doing deep litter method. Here are pics. Hard to tell but the coop has 2 roosts inside. Any suggestions??[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. polock

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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome! Your coop is cute, and counting the run space, looks big enough. Chicken wire will keep your birds in but not keep them safe from predators. Add hardware cloth, very well secured, over everything. Is there wire buried or as an apron around the run? Predators will dig in too. Mary
     
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  5. polock

    polock Out Of The Brooder

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    My back yard is secure from predators. It's completly fenced with no holes for anything to get in. Dogs could care less about em. Plus the 2 dogs weigh a total of 9 pounds combined so I think they are safe lol
     
  6. mimsy

    mimsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure where you live, but if you are in the US then raccoon's are the biggest concern and they can climb. I'm in a city and my neighbors just lost their 4 hens to raccoon's. It looked like they just untwisted the chicken wire, they are pretty crafty. Our fence is similar to your's that protects them from neighbors dogs if it's secured.

    Super cute coop. Looks like it will make a nice place for your chickens.
     
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  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Coyotes, bobcats and foxes can jump a 6 foot fence, while raccoons and other predators will climb the fence as if it doesn't exist... Small predator like weasels will easily dig under the fence, as can stray dogs...

    You also said you are doing the deep litter, and I really don't see where you can obtain and maintain the depth to do that in that coop...

    Racoons will pull and rip the wire apart with their 'paws' and teeth, other animals like dogs simply need to hook a tooth in the chicken wire and one tug later it rips and shreds...
     
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  8. polock

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    Ok. Enough with predator talk. I promise you all we are good on predator protection. I also close them up at night inside the coop for extra protection Meepbeep, I have about 4" of chips in there now. I've seen several posts about how to do the deep litter but I've never seen the required space to do so. I thought as long as you kept about 4-6" of litter and turned it often it didn't matter the size of the coop. Am I wrong on this?
     
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  9. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Deep litter needs to be 12"-18" deep minimum to function property... What you have is just wood chip bedding that will have to be cleaned out every few days...

    As for not wanting to hear any more about predators, the comments/concerns above are all valid and real, but I do wish you the best of luck at avoiding them...
     
  10. polock

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    Coyotes and coons won't come into the city during the day. At night the girls are locked up. [​IMG]. I thought I read several places deep litter is 4-6". I'll have to research it more I guess
     

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