Chicken Coop "Must Haves"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Celizwalsh, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Celizwalsh

    Celizwalsh Chillin' With My Peeps

    I recently purchased a nice prebuilt coop this winter for spring chicks. I started looking around the forum and after seeing everyone's amazing designs and inventions it got me thinking about modifying some things. There are alot of neat ideas like automatic doors and sand boxes under the roosts that I never even gave a thought to. So I would love to hear about or see pictures of your chicken coop "must haves" for keeping you and your chickens happy!
     
  2. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For me either a slide out false bottom or a wire floor underneath the roosts is a must have, to make cleaning easier. Other than the absolute essentials like roosts, ventilation and nest boxes that is the only thing that I put in all of my coops.
     
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  3. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ventilation is a must have. my premade coop had half a dozen holes in the front. I used a 7/8 drill bit to add a double row at the top in the front and back. I used corks to close three of the holes it came with because they were too low. The ventilation should be high enough that there aren't any drafts on the birds themselves.

    The colder it is, the more ventilation they need. Dampness leads to frostbite. On the rare occasion it gets really cold here. I prop the roof up a little by inserting a thin stick.
     
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  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I really go with the wire under the roosting area as it is not cold enough
    for a false bottom here where I live with it being in the low 50's this
    morning ya freezing but ventilation up high a supper must with the high
    winds we do get all the time but safety for the animals a surer must as
    predators like bobcats, fox and the stray house cats will devastate a
    flock in a hurry ... But nesting box's roosting areas in the coop and
    safe secure coop can't do with out at all ......

    gander007
     
  5. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The easier it is to clean, the more likely you are to do it. I put my prebuilt coop up on cement blocks so I could put a bin under the clean out door, so I can just rake the litter into it. This is my coop. I added a nest box for extra space. I find young birds like to sleep in the nest box rather than on the roosts.[​IMG]
     
  6. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the double post.
     
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  7. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My must have is my auto door saves me the hassle of getting up early to let them out and having to go out at night when it's cold.
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    POOP BOARDS are the "BEST" addition yet. Handles well over ½ of the poop in my set up keeps ammonia smell in check 3½" below roost excellent for catching eggs laid through the night (roost are in cups for easier removal and cleaning). I recently friction fit a piece of vinyl flooring over my poop board.it makes clean up even easier; Pop out; Scrap; Hose; Pop in.

    Winter months even easier flex over compost bin DONE!

    Easy peasy!.[​IMG]
     
  9. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chickens who prefer to sleep on top of the coop, so i have to put them inside at night, but an automatic door to let them out in the morning would be nice
     
  10. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would break them of that habit real fast, wrap chicken wire around the roof so they can't get up there or something else to prevent it, I'm the leader of the flock here and wouldn't tolerate that just for the safety factor alone.
     

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