Constructive criticism please

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  1. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've decided to try and raise chickens. Since I have alot of junk in my back yard, I've decided to try and use it to make a coop and a laying box. I'm gonna use a old 10x10 dog kennel to keep them locked up at night and for the box I found a old stackable shelf some scrap tin and scrap wood. I've been messing with it this morning and I want to get some options. I haven't figured how I'm going to do the floors yet.
     
  2. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for the nesting box just put a divider in it for each individual spot for them to lay... you said you're using a dog kennel for night time... is it that chain link one in the background? The one thing I would advise is that if you put them in there at night and it has an open top your chickens will fall as prey to predators. Even if you have a top on it with that chain link a raccoon could easily reach in, if only on solid ground a fox or coyote could dig under or a rat, weasel or mink could go through the links... It's often good to have a construction for them to roost in with 4 walls a roof and flooring to keep them out of the elements.
     
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  4. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I was thinking about putting a decided in the middle of each section to be able to get to nest per shelf, wasn't sure if it's be big enough for two though. The kennel you see in the back ground is what I'm planning on using was gonna get a tarp to help with predators. Also I already have the inside lined with electric fence that will knock your teeth loose (It hit me the other day. I was going to take it out of the inside and put it on the outside of the kennel for extra protection. You think that may help out any??? May also run a strand of line at the top just in case a raccoon tries to crawl over. What's you thoughts on that?
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I like that you are using what you have available instead of spending scads of money. Reuse, repurpose, recycle. Your shelf unit will make nice nest boxes. You will want to close in the sides/back of the boxes to hold the bedding in. They should have a 4 inch lip across the front, as well as a perch of sorts so the birds can step from the perch into the nest box. That will prevent a lot of eggs. Each box should be a minimum of 12 x 12 x 12", but bigger is ok also. Some people even build community nests where a bunch of chickens can all climb in and have a hen party. Keep in mind that chickens seek out a fairly dark and secure looking place to lay their eggs. That will help you to close in the front of the boxes appropriately.

    It would be helpful if you gave more details: Where do you live (general location for help with climate related advice). How much snow do you get in the winter? What is your average summer and winter climate/temp like? Do you have a dog who would patrol your yard for predators?

    As PP stated, predators will be your biggest issue. A tarp will not stop any predator with teeth. A weasel will climb through any hole you could push a quarter through, and will kill an entire flock of birds in a single night just for the fun of it. Other predators are great diggers, so... a buried skirt around your kennel would be necessary.

    You can find lots of free building materials simply by being a creative shopper: Call some carpenters. You may be able to get their building scraps, or remodeling debris that still has lots of life left in it. I can get lots of free windows every spring by visiting my town dump on a weekend. Other building materials are hit or miss there. My coop has lovely thermopane windows, and a full thermopane glass door, (metal, complete with dead bolt.) thanks to my town dump. Roofers often have 4' wide x varying lengths of ply wood left over from their roofing jobs. Habitat for humanity store often has lots of stuff that will help you to complete your build with minimal expense. Perhaps you can find a used dog house or small shed to provide predator proof coop, while using the kennel for a run.
     
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  6. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great information thank you. I already have the back and sides covered up, gonna put some scrap wood on the front and cut some entry holes for the dark space you were talking about. Didn't even thank of that. I'm torn between making 2 nest per shelf or doing 1 big nest per shelf, hopefully I'll have my mind made up by tomorrow. I have a old green house that a tree fell on maybe I can salvage the side off of it to make it safer for them. I have about a acre fenced in with some wooded area that I'm going to let them free roam on during the day.

    Let me answer some of your questions.

    I live in Middle Ga.

    Coldest it get here is in low 20s

    Hottest around a 100

    What's snow?!?

    I do have some dogs but I keep them in another kennel at night time, so I won't have any help from them. Probably gonna have to keep a eye on them. They love chicken lol.
     
  7. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built my chicken coop out of reclaimed pallets from local stores and plan to do the same with my turkey coop all I did was spend money on 2 plywood sheets and screws, I had tin already from previous projects through the years. I honestly would suggest you have some sort of coop and use the dog kennel as the chicken run... just a suggestion
     
  8. michaelf1478

    michaelf1478 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that's what I'm gonna do. Going to get out today and see what I can dig up. I know I have about 5 or six pallets, that may be enough to get me started
     
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  9. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for my chicken coop which is roughly 10x6 it took me about 15 pallets I think. It's a lot of work to deconstruct the pallets and get the nails out but hey, free is free lol
     
  10. MaconMommy5

    MaconMommy5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not exactly on Topic, But I'm In Mid GA too and we're working on DIY Coops and boxes as well. So I'm following for ideas!
     

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