creating a chicken coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kjanowsky, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. kjanowsky

    kjanowsky New Egg

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    I am new and I want to convert my two seater outhouse to a chicken coop. My plan is to start small - 3 chickens. I need suggestions for the coop design of my outhouse. where to put roost bar, nesting boxes, etc.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    You might want to stop by our coops pages for some ideas from our members. Maybe you can get an idea on how to make your outhouse work...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    Make sure to put in plenty of ventilation in the eaves or ceiling. 1 square foot per bird will keep them warm and dry during those humid and cold months.

    Good luck with the build and welcome to our flock!
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Definitely check out the link that TwoCrows left you. It has plenty of helpful information on Coops!
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    There are many plans and methods to making coops. The link TwoCrows gave you has lots of great information. Good luck!
     
  5. kjanowsky

    kjanowsky New Egg

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    can you put nesting boxes vertical or do they need to be horizontal?
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I would definitely post in the Coops forum, good luck to you.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You can put nesting boxes either way, though ime if you have them vertical they tend to favor the top boxes (chickens tend to have favorite boxes anyhow no matter what you do)... unless you have breeds like silkies that have a hard time getting into higher boxes.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've never made a coop in an outhouse before, but TwoCrows has left you with a good link that should help you out with the detail. As are as ventilation goes, I would think that an outhouse would already be well ventilated (I'd sure hate to use one that wasn't). LOL! Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck converting your outhouse into a coop.
     

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