Chicken Deck?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wise Woman, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Wise Woman

    Wise Woman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    The Enchanted Forest
    Well, I got paid on Wed and I am ready to start on my new coop! I guess the first thing I need to do is to run the water line over to where the new run will be located and put in the hose bib. However, nothing ever runs smoothly I suppose. After doing some measuring it turns out that the easiest place to run it to will be right where the chicken's ramp from there pop door will be. I can't move the door and ramp to the other side of the run because that is where I will be coming in and out of. If I run the water line over to that side, I will have to move the door also and it will mess up my plans for where to put the food and so on. So, do you think it would be ok to make a chicken deck for them to come out onto and then the ramp? I am probably not explaining this very well. I want to put their water and hose bib under the deck, so to speak. That way it won't take up much floor space in the run and it will be easier to install the new water line as it would be a straight shot over from my current water line. I could also hang their forage station containers off the run wall right above the deck so they could use it to eat their goodies on as well. I would make it fairly wide, maybe 2 ft. I was going to make a forage station anyway. This way I would have the forage station, the deck to the ramp and the water all in one space as the water would be under the deck next to the hose bib. Does this make sense? I live in a very small cottage and so I have been trying to transfer some of my small space living ideas to the coop to make the best use of the limited amount of space I am going to have to work with. Sure wish I had some acreage, but I don't so I have to do the best I can with what I have. I am going to talk to the boys at my work about installing the water line today and see what they will charge me. Hope they are reasonable.

  2. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City
    I did a small deck on my coop. Their door is on the short side, (4'), I attached a piece of 1 x 12 pine the length of the coop, then set the ramp off to the side. They seem to love it, the all line up on the ramp each morning and evening to catch the sun, fluffing themselves and preening. They liked it so much I put in another deck on the other side for them, made up of pieces of cedar fencing(1 x 6) spaced about 1/4" apart for drainage. Again, they seem to love sunning themeslves on it, as well as dozing in the shade underneath.
    Make sure you either water-proof it, or use a weather resistant material, as a horizontal surface will not shed water easily. A slight slope (1/4") helps.
  3. Wise Woman

    Wise Woman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    The Enchanted Forest
    Oh great! I am glad to hear your chickens like their deck. I think that is what I will plan to do. It will be in a covered run and I will probably paint it to match the coop and for easy cleaning. I will be using a slab of pine to do this as I can get it for free from my work. I will leave the bark on the edge that will show and put the smooth edge up against the run wall. That will work perfectly. I am off to tweek my design. Thanks for the input.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  4. Chicken Coach

    Chicken Coach Songster

    Dec 27, 2009
    I built a 8+8 deck in front of our goat milk house. It works great to keep from tracking mud in and the chickens love it.Last summer i had a big bunch of ducks that loved to spend the night on it and poop all over it.

  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    I'm cheap, I just dropped a tough hose that I can drive over so now I don't have to worry about hitting it with the plow or thawing it next spring to use it
  6. nancypo

    nancypo Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    My Coop
    Check my BYC page, as we have a small backyard too. Didn't do the plumbing for only 3...
  7. wingsofglory

    wingsofglory Songster

    Feb 15, 2011
    Palmer Alaska
    Chickens are very easy to work for. Uncritical. Grateful.

  8. Hope49_DH

    Hope49_DH In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2011
    We're building our girls a sundeck extension tomorrow out the back side of the run. Turns out we have almost too much shade, and they all go hunting for sunbeams like the dogs. So we're building them their own sundeck. Their sauna and lap pool come next summer. [​IMG]
  9. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    A deck sounds nice. [​IMG] Running a water line should be quite easy and should NOT cost you an arm and a leg. the most difficult part will be digging the trench.

  10. RGBistro

    RGBistro Chirping

    Jun 17, 2011
    Orange County, CA

    We're still looking for a good spot with enough sun to put the coop we plan to build tomorrow.

    To the OP, sounds like it'll be a nice setup. GOOD LUCK!!!

    - Kim

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