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Chicken coop for hot climate residents - think desert

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ArizonaDesertChicks, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Hello,
    I have loved looking at all the coops here at BYC. I spent hours reading posts and looking at pictures to get ideas. This site was a great help. I did notice almost all, if not all the coops were 4 sided and enclosed, which most areas of the country need, but here where I live a 3 sided coop seemed a better idea for our family. Here in the Phoenix area, we don't need cold protection - our chickens need protection from the rain, the wind, and the predators. A three side coop will also be cooler in the summer when our temperature can get up to 115 degrees.

    We purchased a used dog run from craigslist and added the shelter onto the end of it. It's not quite finished - I still have to paint the outside and we haven't added any nestboxes yet. Our chicks are only 8 weeks old so we have plenty of time to add the boxes. The run is 7 1/2' x 13'. The attached shelter is 4 1/2' x 7 1/2' and since it's open so our chicks use it as run space too and love to lay in the shavings.
    Here's a few pictures of what we came up with:

    Unpainted and before adding the roosting bar - We have a six inch tall board at the front to keep the shavings in - I plan on using the deep litter method. The picture shows a sheet on the floor - that's just my painting cloth. The floor is covered by a linoleum for easier cleaning.
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    Inside painted - the smaller white roosting bar is not a permanent fixture - we were using it because they seemed to be reluctant to get up on the higher one (painted blue). After 3 nights sleeping in the outdoor area, they finally figured out where they were supposed to sleep and have spent the last few nights up on the tall blue board together --- yay!.
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    We are not using the heat lamp now, but I thought it would be helpful on those few rare nights where our temperature reaches 32 degrees. Our shelter roof is made of wood and shingles - the green corrugated roofing comes out over the run about 5 feet for more rain protection.
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    It's hard to see in the picture, but it is sitting up on blocks to protect it from water and termites.
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    Some of the happy residents - The log is not there anymore - I had thought they might enjoy perching on it, but they ignored it.
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    Our flock - we wanted 8 hens and started with 10, thinking a couple would be roosters. We picked up an extra when we found a little leghorn loose in our back yard 2 weeks ago and couldn't find the owners. They do get free-range time in the backyard also.
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  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Very nice! Looks similar to what I have here in FL w/ one side open. [​IMG]
     
  3. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great!
     
  4. pullet2hen

    pullet2hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it! Great job. Does it face North to block the dust rolling in?
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:[​IMG] Great coop and great pics!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mine are similar in design but totally enclosed with lots of vents and a couple of windows. We do get hot weather here in Florida in the summer. The coldest temperature I have had in the winter is 18 degrees. My bird baths froze solid.
     
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  6. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks perfect! Everything they need to be happy! Your comment about the log in the run was funny to me. I created a chicken play set out of pallets, log and branches. 4 months later they are now starting to sit on the many perches on top. Only half of them have been brave enough so far!

    They are learning that it's a good place to be outside after the snow starts melting.

    Your coop looks awesome and you will have happy productive girls to prove it! Good for you![​IMG]
     
  7. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Looks fantastic. I'm Mesa and I have been working on a desert friendly coop. If I could just find some roofing materials we would be all done.
     
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:Thanks! Actually, it does face north, but that was purely accidental (weatherwise, that is). We placed it under our large pine trees, so that there would be plenty of shade in the summer and and I wanted the open part of the coop to be easy to see from the house so we can watch the chickens when they are inside. Our yard isn't as dusty as it may look in the photos - the areas that are not grass are covered with rock or gravel. We had to shovel all the rock out where we placed the run - lots of hard work. We did leave some gravel for drainage and after taking the pictures, we added two wheelbarrows of sand at 2 ends of the runs for dustbathing.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I put my coops in the shade during the summer too, as is gets so hot for months straight and then into the sun in the winter to help keep them warm. My coops are moveable.
     
  10. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] You have a wonderful setup for Phoenix. I grew up there and understand the challenges. Since your birds are fully feathered out you will not need the heat lamp, though. They grow heavier feathering in the winter and will huddle together when it's cold to keep warm. It's just not cold enough there to warrant.
     
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