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Do I need a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chrisxweaver, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. chrisxweaver

    chrisxweaver In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2016
    I have a 6ftx6ft metal dog kennel that I am using for my 4 chickens about 3 weeks old and I've put 1 foot of chicken wire on the bottom all the way around and chicken wire on top with a tarp over it. But my question is do I need a coop I made nesting boxes for when they get older and am waiting to put them in but so far everything I've needed for my chickens I've made I live in California so I don't get bad weather it's 75-85 durning the day and 50-60 early in the mornings and I have a heat lamp out side and they don't even huddle under it cause there not cold and I don't have any real predators but cats and I haven't seen any even have a interest in them. It never really rains or gets stormy where I live but do I really need a coop? Also during the summer time here it gets HOT like 110-115 degrees what do I do with my chickens then?

  2. Ljc01

    Ljc01 Songster

    Jun 5, 2016
    Nipomo, Ca
    You don't need a coop, in the traditional sense of the term. I also live in Calif where we never get any real weather. I also have a dog kennel. What I did was put up roosting bars in the back of the kennel, used 5 gallon buckets for nesting boxes and just put the feeders and waters on paving stones to keep them off the ground.
    I covered the kennel with tarps to keep everything dry and warm. When it rains, I just use another extra large tarp to make sure the rain doesn't get in.
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Lj, your pen sound fine, except for predator protection. Sooner or later bad critters will arrive and enjoy killing your birds. It would be best to add a lot of hardware cloth to keep out the little guys. Mary
  4. Ljc01

    Ljc01 Songster

    Jun 5, 2016
    Nipomo, Ca
    The bottom is protected by brick that is cemented in place. The roosts are placed so the birds sleep in the middle of the kennel. I only really need to watch out for hawks when
    they free range.
  5. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    I would put a solid roof on it, but it sounds like what you've got is pretty good [​IMG]

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