Coop and Feathers coop questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Camarra, May 22, 2019.

  1. Camarra

    Camarra In the Brooder

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    Hi - I'm brand new at this!! Looking for some advice.

    https://www.wayfair.com/pet/pdp/inn...y-chicken-coop-with-chicken-run-inpe1050.html

    I just bought this brand new from someone who was reselling it so I got it very inexpensively from them. I have 4 pullets that are about 18 weeks old now, and have had them for a full week.

    I have it parked on my front yard about 15 feet from my house to dissuade predators, but eventually am going to move it and try to make it a more permanent part of my landscape. Hawks are the prevalent problem for me.

    My first question is that they have not been up inside the nesting area yet. It's dark in there and I think it's probably not very appealing to go inside. The coop is too small (or I'm too big!!) to really get in there and teach them how to get up and down the ramp. I've replaced the ramp that is in there with an antique ladder that they seem to like perching on but they mostly hang out on the bottom rungs during the night time. I have shavings in there on top of my grass.

    I know that pretty soon they'll be laying, so I wondered if I could just forget about the nesting area and build a couple of milk crate nesting boxes that I would rest off the ground below the boxed in part of the structure. Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    Are they outside in that coop permanently? If so what do you do at night with them?
     
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  3. Camarra

    Camarra In the Brooder

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    They stay outside cuddled together perched on the ladder usually. I WANT them to go inside the coop but although I've spent hours trying to entice them in, they don't show any interest in it.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Is there any ventilation in the coop part?
    You're going to need to add some.
    I'd cut a big hole right there for starters.
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    Might tight quarters for 4 birds.
    Can you take a pic of the inside of coop, please?
    Measurements of inside floor of coop would help too,
    can't quite tell what they are from link.

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  5. Camarra

    Camarra In the Brooder

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    The inside footprint of the grass part of the coop is 6' x 4 1/2'. There is a second level and a roosting bar outside the enclosed part.

    The interior floor space of the enclosed part is about 48" long by 23" wide. the domed part is all open for them, and the nesting boxes are off to the side.

    I didn't even think about it but cutting a hole for ventilation would work perfectly there.

    I'm thinking about getting a metal dog kennel for a larger run. I don't want to free range them due to the hawks in the area. but I would like something mobile that I can drag around my yard.

    Here are some pictures! Thanks for the help!
     
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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Looks cool... but also...CRAZY!

    On that website... they say that coop has space for 12 chickens! :rant:th

    That is actually a good space.....for 2.

    Yes, that coop is good for 2 chickens, or a broody.

    I highly agree with aart as to vent placement. That is an excellent place to put a vent. Is there really no vent at all on the coop?

    The chicks might not want to go into the coop...because they like to breathe?

    And I am SO SORRY that so much chicken info out there is so terribly wrong. :hugs
     
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  7. Camarra

    Camarra In the Brooder

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    Thanks for your reply! Nope no venting at all in there...

    I think I read somewhere in here to cut in half the suggested number of chickens a retail coop can hold?? I agree even 6 in there would be way too many!

    So far I'm really lucky in that these 4 seem to get along well but I do need something larger and more permanent and soon.

    I don't think they want to go in there because they don't even know it's there!! I have a little feeder just at the opening so if they do find it they'll get a reward but so far none of them have even looked in there although they've climbed almost to the top of the ladder.

    Once I have some time I'll create a vent which will also bring in some more light, too.
     
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  8. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    The general rule is 4 square feet of coop space per chicken.

    So if the coop is about 4 feet x 2 feet, that equals 2 chickens.

    Even in a "perfect" coop, chicks can be very scared of new things, and I find I usually have to physically pick them up and put them into the coop then lock the door behind them. Sometimes only once, sometimes for a full week before they get the hang of things.

    With that said though.... I would be scared to lock them into a fully enclosed box. No light or air.... I would think the chicks would be dead by morning.
     
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  9. hispoptart

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    I have a small coop similar in size to yours. I also have 4 chickens in there but it's placed inside a much larger run ( 20x20) Mine are only 10 weeks old so while I am gone they are locked in the coop because I have to many stray cats getting in. I don't have a roof on top. But as soon as I get home they are free to roam the larger area as I can keep watch on them. Once they are bigger I will open the door in the morning and let them roam all day. So if you can do something similar, I would suggest that until you have a better option.

    As for getting them upstairs, I went through the back door. Blocked the door going down the ladder and one at a time I placed them in through the back door.
    I left them in there over night and then unblocked the door down in the morning. It took them a bit but they finally came down. I repeated that for a few nights and finally they just started going up on their own. I think once they figured out they could get down they were ok with going up. I would not do this until you have ventilation up there though.
     
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  10. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    You will have to put them in and shut the door. Mine didn't know what the coop was for till I locked them in at night. They are now using it on their own with some help here and there.
     
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