Chicken Coop - Inside a larger barn

Just sayin

Chirping
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Coop version 3.0 - the new wing addition!

As our chicken-keeping has developed, we decided our coop needed an addition! Actually our Buff Orpington decided this for us, when she went broody and hatched a few chicks over winter. She initially nested in one of the original drawer nests, which are not ideal for chicks because they are both high up and too small.

We ended up having to move her to a dog crate that ended up in my tack room for the coldest part of winter, where they could safely have a little heat.

She hatched three, one survived, due to our learning curve early on, and later an incident with a little hawk when they were outside.

The one that remains is growing up, and it was time to move them back in with the flock. I wanted a way to ease them back without making them fight for space in the original coop, at first. Baby mingles with them by day, but can't really defend herself yet, and it stresses momma out to be crowded with the others just yet. She's still very protective.


This new wing is hopefully better designed for broody hens and for new chicks as we either hatch more or buy more to our flock. Original coop right... new addition left.




For now, we put her crate and nest box in there, but she was more than ready to roost up above again at night, so it's already abandoned. For the long term, I'll take that out, and put the rubber bin and the basket on the floor as nest options if she does this again.



Baby complained loudly about sleeping on a roost, she did not like this development at all!



But momma is ready to roost again... and just comforted her best she could.





If we do end up with more little chicks, we will put up some finer mesh so they don't slip through the fence.

Once these are ready to be integrated, we'll open up the board on top, so that when there's no one currently brooding, the chickens can come and go from all of it.

One last pic of the original coop with the others all tucked in for the night.

 
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hannah8

In the Brooder
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my newest coop is very similar built into the corner of our big barn i think its great and i plan to extend my soon
 

SunkenRoadFarms

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Thanks for this! I'm building something similar this spring since I'll be going from 15 ladies to 34 and a roo and will be stealing some ideas. I love your dog too, I can't wait it get one to protect out girls and other livestock.
 

henless

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Love your coop!

I have a 30 x 30 barn. DH and I enclosed 2 of the stalls for my coop. I made mine more of an open air coop, since we live in Texas and it gets really hot here over the summer.


I plan on keeping one stall (here on the right) for any future horse we may get.




We had 3 stalls on the left, a middle aisle, and 1 stall, hay room and tack room on the right. Even though we built it in the barn, it looks nothing like yours. I love how everyone makes things so similar, but still very different!



I do have plans working in my head to use a couple of the other "stalls" for breeding pens.
 
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Just sayin

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Yeah - different kind of barn in Texas, huh! :) Yours makes for a nice open shady spot though, when it's hot.

Our coop was built to be the minimum size, just for roosting in at night. By day, if I don't want to let them out to free range, they can have run of just the hay room (yes, we tarp the hay so it doesn't become pooped on), or they can have the whole barn inside, but I don't have an enclosed run at all.

My chickens are so spoiled now, they get cranky when they're closed in the barn. I've thought about building an outdoor run in that covered leanto outside the barn, but once you let them free range, I've learned, they don't easily adapt to being cooped up. They'll still want out.
 
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