1. VictoriaChickie

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    Hi all,
    I am building a coop for 5 hens this winter and I am trying to find the best location in my back yard.
    I have some space between/under a mature pear tree and a mature apple tree where I just dug up a huge bed of mint and lemon balm.
    The space is roughly 14feet buy 14feet under/between the trees in size, and I am planing an enclosure of 10 by 10 feet (5 by 5 foot coop, raised, and 75sq feet chicken run).
    Is this too close to the fruit trees?
    As in, will the chicken manure/runoff burn the roots of the trees?
    I think that it would be a good space, since it will give the spot shade in the summer and sun in the winter.
    Let me know what you all think.
    Thanks for your advice.
    -VictoriaChickie
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    No further than you would be willing to carry a 50lb bag of feed or a 5 gal bucket of water in the winter time.
     
  4. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The roots of the mature trees are deep in the ground and poo won't hurt them. Put it where they can get both shade & sunshine each day.
    Size is ok but I'd make it bigger if it wasn't much extra effort.
     
  5. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    -sounds like a good plan to have them near a tree. Our run is underneath a large oak tree. We do scoop up the run, daily. -don't let waste build up. We scoop and add all of it (from 10 birds) to our compost bins. -have had no adverse effects on the tree thus far. I do rake the run after scooping and make certain that some of the surface roots stay nice and covered. I don't let the chickens dig down too much before adding/spreading around fresh soil. -tree makes a grade shade for 'em in the summer! -best of luck on your coop/run plans!!
     
  6. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would build the coop bigger as well. I'm always extending mine. You might find yourself adding more birds. :). Your trees will be fine, the fruit will get dusty. I have a roof also extending outside the coop to keep the girls dry along with a few roosts. They like staying outside regardless of the weather. In our winters here with all that rain, I have added wood chips in the outside run. You can call the local tree services and ask for it and it's free. I ask for it without cedar.
     
  7. VictoriaChickie

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    Thanks all,
    great info, just what I was looking for.
    Unfortunately, I can't increase my flock size, because of the limit set for our area.
    But I think I can make the coop/run slightly larger, especially if it will help the chicks to be happier/healthier/less smelly.
    I have also been hearing a lot of good things about the deep litter method as well, and have found a source for free coffee chaff, which I have also heard is good for bedding as well.
    I am definitely gonna have at least 2/3rds of the run covered as well.
    That is a good tip about wood chips for the run, as we do get a lot of rain on the island (it is torrential today in fact).
    Thanks again!
     

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