Chicken coop DIY

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by usarmy2304, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. usarmy2304

    usarmy2304 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey hey- I am a freshman at this backyard chicken life and I would like to build my own chicken coop - can anyone please send me ideas on how they built their coop?? Thanks!!
    Rich
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Rich, visit the coops section for ideas & examples of many different coop sizes, styles, - some have step by step photos with details. Rule of thumb is to allow 4-5 sq.feet per bird inside the coop , excluding nest boxes and roosts. In the outdoor run they should have 10 sq.feet per bird. You may also want to visit the Learning Center which is the best place to start a poultry education. Welcome to Backyard Chickens. If you still have questions please come back and ask - that is what we are here for.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on drumstick diva's advice, and definitely check out the coop links that NorthFlChick has left with you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. usarmy2304

    usarmy2304 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for such a quick response, so I'm living in New Jersey and it's beginning to get cold - I plan on getting 6-8 hens (not chicks), should I wait until the spring or is it ok to start them in the winter ???
    Thanks !!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. lucyday

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    Hi my husband has recently finished our coop made from pallets, so besides a £12 box of screws it didn't cost anything but time.this was his first real diy project.I'm very proud of it,and our girls seem happy enough to be giving us eggs [​IMG]. Good luck with yours [​IMG]
     
  8. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    once you sort out the coop part, start looking for hens. They typically aren't that easy to find in the winter but sometimes people get tired of fighting bad weather and dump their hens. You won't have much of a selection of breeds but you can fill in next spring. It's also nice to have a multi aged flock to help flatten out the production peaks and valleys.
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC to you too! [​IMG]
     
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  10. SeaTurtleSwims

    SeaTurtleSwims Out Of The Brooder

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    Lurking, I love all the DIY info, this is great!
     

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