coop location?

acates

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 16, 2014
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Shell Knob MO
Getting ready to build our coop and I am still unsure where to put it? We are 100% surrounded by woods. Should I opt for the most shade for heat protection and risk preditors being closer? Or open areas where it would be hotter but safer? Any ideas would help.
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
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Feb 2, 2009
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My first consideration is drainage. You want the coop and run to be as dry as possible, so position them where water does not run into them during a rainstorm. It helps if water drains away from them instead of toward them so if they get wet they can drain dry.

Predators can find your chickens no matter where you put the coop. You handle that by building a strong coop and a decent run, plus lock them up at night when most predators are most active.

Heat kills chickens. I’d opt for a well-drained place in the shade, especially protected from the hot afternoon sun.
 

acates

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 16, 2014
107
6
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Shell Knob MO
Thanks. This is where I am thinking. It is shaded almost all day in summer. 1/2 the day in wintet. Its uphill so water would drain well.
 
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