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Carport to Coop/Run Conversion

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FLSweetTater, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Wow that is VERY WELL done!!!

    You can fashion a poop scooper by putting hardware cloth over a traditional poop scooper you buy at the feed store (with a nice long handle) I have read.

    I use a kitty litter scoop but that is such a large area you may need to fashion your own "kitty litter scoop."

    Wear a mask when sifting sand. I just mention this in case you will be removing poo.
     
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  2. FLSweetTater

    FLSweetTater Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's the chicken bed - King Size! I'm going to make a poop hammock to go underneath it.

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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Well if that isn't the cutest thing!!! What an amazing idea! Tucked in bed for the night.

    A poop hammock is going to be more work than scooping sand IMO but give it a whirl and see if it is best for you! I saw the poop hammock thread awhile ago.
     
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  4. Rainekitty

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    That. Is. Awesome.
     
  5. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks great and yall did a great job.
     
  6. FLSweetTater

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    Last week we moved the chickens from the brooder to the coop.

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    I also made a larger feeder from a tutorial I found on here. It is working great!

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    And next I have to make a new watering system. Right now they are just using what we used in the brooder - poultry nipples screwed into the bottom of these small plastic jugs. I'm going to make something with a 5 gallon bucket and PVC pipe - another tutorial I found on here. Just love this site!!

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  7. FLSweetTater

    FLSweetTater Out Of The Brooder

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    And today I added our fancy schmancy poop hammocks - I'm thinking the black & white damask pattern will help conceal the droppings in between cleanings...we'll see. I used plastic tablecloth material, doubled it over & and sewed it so the plastic is on both sides. That way when I hose it down it should dry out better. I folded the ends and sewed a pocket for the rods that hold it. I used 1/2" pvc pipe for the rods, just because I had extra laying around. Then I used hook & eyes to attach it under the roost.

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    Plus I put up some wall d├ęcor. Next I will start working on the exterior landscaping around the coop.

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  8. EastTXChickens

    EastTXChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    :D Your family and the coop artistry made me smile. Fantastic job too!
     
  9. newchickmomma4

    newchickmomma4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love love love this idea!!!! Your decor and coop/run is great!
     
  10. chickchic9

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    I live in central Florida too. So it's especially nice to be able to see someone else taking advantage of the warmth here, and being able to build such a fine open-air enclosure !

    Great ideas , and so well done ! Both the humans and the chickens should have lots of pleasure from all this effort - best of luck !
     

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