1. nikichickee

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    Advice, opinions and the like would be much appreciated.

    We moved into a house with an old chicken coop this winter and have been busy remodeling it. This is about where we stand ...

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    as you can see we are a long way from done, however it's time to kick it into high gear as our chickies arrived this morning! We will be housing approx 20 laying hens in here, provided they all survive. Intentions are to put 15 nesting boxes along the back wall and the roosts along either side. Metal sheeting and deep litter on the floor and a coat of paint. Shutters will be added, but how do we look in the ways of ventilation? Anything we are forgetting? Thanks in advance!


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  2. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need that many nesting boxes. I have 20 hens and have 6 nesting boxes, they only use 2 or 3. They say 1 nesting box per 4-6 hens, but in reality, they all choose one and try to squeeze in.
     
  3. PoultryGirly

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    The coop looks good, but the 15 nesting boxes will be WAY too many.
     
  4. nikichickee

    nikichickee New Egg

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    thanks, maybe we will go with 10, for the sake of chicken math and all. [​IMG] As long as the perches are kept below the height of the windows would you consider it safe to keep the windows open (i.e. don't close the shutters) to allow enough ventilation overnight?
     
  5. PoultryGirly

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    I would not keep the windows completely open. Predators could get in very easily ( they will do almost anything to get chickens). The only way would be to cover the windows with screen, like on house doors, and windows. My coop has screen on it.
     
  6. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as chickenperson said you can but put some hardware cloth over the openings. Looks good so far. [​IMG]
     
  7. nikichickee

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    the photos might not show it well but there are already brand new screens in place :) I think the last photo shows them best. Or are you suggesting something in addition to those?
     
  8. PoultryGirly

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    No, if you have screen its fine. =)
     
  9. JohnnyxRex

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    Depends on the thickness and where you live. If you have coyotes, and the window can fit one through it (yes by the way), it might not be strong enough to stop it. It would be safe to crack the windows a few inches, so that they provide protection from bigger predators, as long as the wire has small enough holes to keep out snakes and rats and stuff. Do you think the rats could chew through the wire easily?
     
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