Chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by billyjow, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. billyjow

    billyjow New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Aug 23, 2014
    Just wanted to get advice on my coop I just built anything I should add. There is 8 boxes, 3 perches and they free range. Wanting to make sure its good for winter , I have 15 chickens.
    .[​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

    4,538
    243
    266
    Apr 3, 2014
    Minnesota
    Looks good!
     
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

    4,573
    1,660
    311
    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Love that you have a large overhang above the nest boxes. I hate my external boxes since I cannot seem to get them to stay dry. (I am building an entire new coop)
    Question though... What are the roosts made from?
    Chickens sit on their feet to keep them warm in the winter so 2x4's with the 4 side up are what I have seen recommended here many times.
    Where are you located? Much snow?
    I get a chicken traffic jam when it snows and the first ones to the pop door hit the breaks and refuse to go out. Funny to watch the back ones trying to figure out what the hang up is in the front.

    Nice coop and good location. Close to the house means good wind protection.
     
  4. hammytammy

    hammytammy Chillin' With My Peeps

    213
    8
    68
    May 23, 2014
    Windsor NY
    cute! traffic jam, rubberneckers!!
     
  5. billyjow

    billyjow New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Aug 23, 2014
    The are on 2 x 1s with the 2 side up they seem to like them there strudy I put a 2x 2 in there today and they didn't touch it yet
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,949
    73
    218
    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I prefer the 2x4's on the flat side as well. THat way they can cover their toes.
     
  7. billyjow

    billyjow New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Aug 23, 2014
    K tks I will probably upgrade them to 2 by 4s then I live in wv get a lot of snow and it does get cold by rarely in the negatives
     
  8. billyjow

    billyjow New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Aug 23, 2014
    I'm guessing you used non treated to right?
     
  9. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,949
    73
    218
    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I live in Florida so everything has to be treated but I don't use treated lumber for the roosts. I think that stuff would be rough on their feet for so many hours at a time.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by