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    5Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Phew, I have been looking through just the first 10 coops on the coop designs page and I am already lost. There are just so many! [​IMG]
    So I was hoping you guys could help me out with finding a coop design that would fit my requirements. So on to the requirements...

    1: Nice looking enough where it could be in a neighborhood setting.
    2: A coop where it cannot be big enough so I can walk in it. (Strange, yes, but there are others in the household who do not want something huge and tall [​IMG]
    3: And I am wanting a coop where it can be divided into sections for different breeds (About 4-6 different sections/bantam sized). And then I want to have a space for my laying hens ( about 2-3)

    Is there a way I can make the coop so where a rooster cannot be heard as easily? I have a banty rooster who is pretty quiet and has a soft crow, but I would like to have more than 1 banty roo. So is there a way to sound proof the coop or muffle the sounds?

    Thanks!
     
  2. 5Chickens

    5Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bump? any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  3. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Boy, that's going to be a tough order. With 7 different separate set ups for feed, water, roosts, nests, etc. to keep them apart. Then runs for all of them: 6 runs of 60 sq ft each for the breeding pairs, plus a run with 30 sq feet for the layers. On top of that, what are you going to do with the breeding birds? Unless you sell every single egg and/or chick, you're going to have a LOT of chickens in a hurry. All of that in a neighborhood setting? What are your ordinances with regards to the number of chickens you can have. I have a 12'x15' coop with a 10'x20' run, and there' nowhere near enough space for me to do what you're wanting to do. You might want to rethink your ideas... [​IMG]
     
  4. downhome

    downhome Out Of The Brooder

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    my suggestion is small coops, think dog house size (large dog house) I have a duck house the dimensions are 4x8 foot print, 4' high in the front and three in the back. the high side is where I put the door but if I did one for a coop, I would put it on the short side so I could fit enough roosting pole in.
    something that size could easily divide it in to 2 sections. and have the yards devided also. I would assume each one (4x8 with twice the yard)could house 10-16 birds based on breed size and temperment as well as run size.

    it cost me 70 dollars so easy enough to build one or two at a time,small enough a couple people can move if need be not real noticable either,small pressence.

    I also think the critters are more comfy in the winter as the body heat only has a smaller area to warm.

    I would make the run "panelized" so I could pop it apart easy, little thought you could come up with a pleasant look.

    I like to use dog eared pickets they are not to pricey and you can leve them whole or rip them down on a table saw in to smaller slats.
    you can nail or screw them in to a trellis or just space them a bit and nail on to two by fours. when doing thwe second way I staple wire on the back side. but I like the pickets for extra insurance.

    to attach you panels get a hinge with a pin, so you can pull the pin or maybe just slide the one run for access. poultry net for the top.
     

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