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Converting a barn into a chicken coop and duck pen

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ladybead, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. ladybead

    ladybead Out Of The Brooder

    My husband and I decided to convert our barn into a chicken coop and duck pen. Any suggestions for the inside set up. Would also like to see pics of the insides of your coops for setup ideas. Our barn is 20 x 25 we are going to use 10 x 25 of the barn for starters. We are starting with 25 chicken and 3 ducks.
     
  2. NHChickengirl

    NHChickengirl Out Of The Brooder

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    My favorite ideas are these.. If you don't have a cement floor, put some cheap
    Linoleum down because it makes clean up easier. Have your roosts be 2x4 with the 4 inch part the part they step on. And make sure you have a poop board under the roost area for 2 reasons. Most of all you poop will be here and it's easier to clean up then off the floor. And it gives additional walking around space for the chickens if they can walk under the roosting area without getting pooped on. Just my 2 cents..
     
  3. NHChickengirl

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    See how they can walk under the poop board.. I only have a small coop..
     
  4. ladybead

    ladybead Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks for the advice. Yes we have a dirt floor. Do you need a roost for each bird.
     
  5. NHChickengirl

    NHChickengirl Out Of The Brooder

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    No you don't, they like to huddle together. Just enough room for everyone to fit and move around some.. I have a couple different heights as they have their own pecking order and some like to be higher than others..
     
  6. ladybead

    ladybead Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Do you give them a ramp to get to their spot?
     
  7. NHChickengirl

    NHChickengirl Out Of The Brooder

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    They can fly or hop up to the roosts. I do have a ramp from outside to the door inside because the doorway is small and hard to fly or hop up there. Although they can do it.. There's a few pictures of my little coop that we remodeled in 2013 posted under my
    Name.. Just double click on my NHChickengirl and go back to the posts about my coop.. We only remodeled what we had to make it nicer looking.. This is a great site with a ton of experienced people. I come often to learn more.. Read as much as you can here. Lots of great ideas..
     
  8. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    We converted two of our stalls into an open air coop, then attached an outside run to it.

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    Our barn is 30 x 30. We turned the first 2 stalls into the coop and leaving the last stall as is. You can see the complete build on the "My Coop" link under my avatar.
     
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  9. ladybead

    ladybead Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you for the pictures and the info, much appreciated. Rose
     
  10. Ramblin Rooster

    Ramblin Rooster Hatchaholic

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    We have a large barn, every stall is about 12 x 12' and tall. We put down rubber horse mats on the floors otherwise it gets very cold in the winter and it also is easy to take out and wash off if necessary. We have about 45 chickens in one of the 12 x 12' areas and about a dozen bantams in the other. we also keep sheep in another one of those stalls, another stall for a feed room, and another is the brooder/quarantine room. The 45+ chickens have a big 25 x 25' run outside their stall with aviary netting and hardware cloth fencing. The barn stays much warmer in winter than our old small coop ever did. It also makes it easy to bring a wheelbarrow in there to clean it.

    Having a barn is good if you're like us and get many animals after the chickens!! [​IMG]

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    the barn hallway

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    large fowl coop, bigger than it looks! the ducks live here too and so will any geese, ducks, turkeys, peafowl, etc. (sorry about crappy photo)

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    spacious chicken run

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    bantam coop
     
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