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Coop Finished, the neighbors must think we're nuts.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mr BrahmaRama, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Mr BrahmaRama

    Mr BrahmaRama Out Of The Brooder

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    My Coop
    I've been working on this thing since late April. My neighbors thought it was going to be a playhouse for the kids. I think I saw eyebrows raise when I told them it was a chicken coop. Visit my coop page if you want to see more pics, the build in progress and our hens. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/iowa-coop

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  2. danegirl88

    danegirl88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, that looks really nice!!!
     
  3. NeseO

    NeseO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is intense! Lucky ladies[​IMG]
     
  4. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a beaut! Just make sure you have an auto door on that coop to keep predators out, since 2x4 farm fencing won't keep out weasels, rats, snakes, etc. Hardware cloth is very expensive for the entire run, so an auto door made the most sense for my situation (I'm also using farm fence for my extended run).
     
  5. Mr BrahmaRama

    Mr BrahmaRama Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. No auto door yet, but we are locking all of the coop doors at night, the main and run access. They all make there way into the coop just before dark, we lock the door behind them.
     
  6. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That works. I opened and closed my coop every evening for over a year. It's just a pain when you are out with friends and have to run home to close the coop (well, sometimes it is a great excuse to cut out heh) or want to get away for a few days. I know auto doors are expensive, but they are worth it.

    I am happier, and more important my chickens are happier with the auto door. They get outside at first sunlight, and are secured every night. Technically I don't have to do anything besides check their food and water every few days, but of course I still visit with them several times a day. Even if I let them free range and forget to close the run, I can sleep good knowing they are still safe.
     
  7. pegern4

    pegern4 New Egg

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    beautiful
     
  8. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Beautiful design and wonderful craftsmanship!
     

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