Coop A Work in Progress

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sega, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. sega

    sega Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop in progress almost finished ran out of wood. Waiting for woodman to bring me some more boards so I can finish. Siding is made out of old shipping crates. Fence purchased for $70. This is A one man constuction operation and very very slow to finish. Coop is designed to have two sides. Each side is 10' x 20'. With 10' x 10' for the fence area and 10' x10' for the inclosed area. How many chickens can I have on each side? I am think about 20 per side. Plan on raising two different breeds, Araucana's and Barnevelder's.

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    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  2. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking good. I want to add a roof on my run like that but will have to wait til spring. right now I have wire and tarp.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I really like it and am jealous of your availible space! What are the large back boxes? Nesting or roosting area?

    You'll find out what works for you and your chickens as far as space is concerned. The rule of thumb is 10 SQFT per bird of run space. But then you've got huge doors from run to wide open shelter area so your 10X10 run does'nt have to be a lmiting factor. BCY'ers like 4 SQFT per bird for coop space and a bare minimum of 2 SQFT/ large fowl bird is observed. It's all how your set up is, what works for you and your observed happiness of your chickens. I have a tractor (movable coop and run on wheels). The coop space is only 2.25 SQFT/bird and the run less than 4 sqft/bird. But then I let the girls out every day to free range. They only use the coop to roost, are let out of the run the latest at noon every day excepting the rare days we are away. They're happy and it works for me with my alotted area. Chickens hang out together in small areas and it's really that they have choice to "be over there" and then "be over there now" that makes em happy.

    So all said and done, yeah, 20 birds for an area that is 10x10 enclosed with a 10x10 run accessed by a huge door would make for happy birds. Putting structure out in your run (like a section of tree with a few large braches to prop it up on side or something) for them to dust bath under or perch on top would keep them occupied too. They do love to climb on top of things and sun bath as much as a dirt bath or just rest in bushes or under my deck...
     
  5. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Uhhh,.. WOW! [​IMG]
     
  6. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! That is really nice! You'll have some happy birds in there! [​IMG]
     
  7. chicken_crazy93

    chicken_crazy93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW, that is nice!! I have a 6' wideX7' deepX8' tall chicken house for my 10 birds but they only use it at night. I have 1/2 acre chainlink fenced in area for them to free range & their house has a door that stays open so they can come & go as they please. You have given me some ideas as I plan on building a much larger house for them in the spring. GREAT WORK!!!
     
  8. spell

    spell Out Of The Brooder

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    sweet coop!
     
  9. sega

    sega Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some more pictures of my coop. Now I have got to hatch out some Araucanas to fill the coop....

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