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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Stephen 253, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Stephen 253

    Stephen 253 Hatching

    Feb 26, 2015
    Looking to build me a chicken coop. Been looking at different designs. What is yalls opinions on stationary vs moveable chicken coops. Thanks for any help
  2. dallenk

    dallenk Hatching

    Feb 26, 2015
    Hi Stephen,
    The moveable coop is great if you want to use your chickens as animated compost diggers. I have a full run and stationary coop in one section of my yard, but when the garden harvest is in, I take the chickens into different sections of the yard, so they can scratch to their hearts content. They do a great job of making the garden ready for winter.

    The advantage to the moveable coop is that you don't confine your chickens to one place. They really do like to scratch around and if they exhaust the spot where they are confined, then they start going after each other. A change of scenery never hurt anyone. The are some really cute portable coops around.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Stephen, nice to meet you. If you have a lot of predators, I think a stationary coop is better. Some of the smaller tractors are too easy for critters to burrow under or turn over. Just my thoughts though.
  4. Stephen 253

    Stephen 253 Hatching

    Feb 26, 2015
    Thanks for the replys. I live in the country so we have plenty of predators. My goal is to have about 15-20 chickens, I'm still looking at different coops to see which one I would like to build.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    I am a fan of the stationary coop. Movable coops can be broken into easier than ones built into the ground. However you can have both and put your birds in a movable during the day and keep them in the stationary one at night. Just a thought. We have a lot of predators here and I can't let my birds outside without supervision. So I let them out for an hour or so a day and keep an eye on them while working in the yard or coop.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice there for you so I will just say Hi and wish you the very best of luck.
    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our BYC "flock".

    I like stationary coops more. They are easier to predator protect, in my opinion. And, if you have a lot of chickens, you need a pretty big movable coop, which can be hard to move.
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might check into the movable electric poultry netting, that seems to work well for larger areas/ more chickens if you want to rotate pasture.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

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