Dutch Hen House almost complete!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rumblebug00, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. rumblebug00

    rumblebug00 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    My little chickies are almost a month old and are eagerly awaiting the completion of their new coop. We chose the Dutch Hen House (plans from SunnyChicken) design for it's streamlined simplicity. My sweet husband built 95% of it while I finished off the last 5% by painting and putting in linoleum in the roost area. We only have the perch to build and the shingles to go on the roof. So far we love it! I'm a little nervous the chickens will be wanting for space to roam during the day but hopefully as time goes on we'll figure out a rhythm or some other fenced area for them to run in. The coop sits on brick pavers and they underlap by a few inches on either side to prevent predator digging. All the latches will be locking to prevent critter apposable thumbs and all that damage that comes with them! Now...anyone from the PNW that can recommend when to put these little buggers in their new home permanently? My hubs is open to running the heat lamp out there but I'm a little nervous about it!

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Looks great [​IMG]
  3. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    From Vancouver, WA.... I put mine out at 6-7 weeks of age and I've done this in November and in May without any problems. Two weeks from now when your girls are 6 weeks old should be fine. Hopefully the rain will have slowed down by then.
  4. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2012
    Nanton, AB, Canada
    That is adorable! I imagine they will want more room to roam though, sooner rather than later. But that is a great design, which you can easily add run space too. But consider a run space that you can walk into, as apposed to being flush with the roof.
  5. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2011
    The Coop :)
    Looks Fantastic! I Built the same one. I LOVE it. But I added a 5x10ft run on. It works great!
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  6. ChicksinPR

    ChicksinPR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2012
    Zone 12 b
    I am getting My babies next week. This is the coop we plan to build as well. Love the simplicity.
  7. Presidential

    Presidential Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2012
    Nice! We put our chicks out at three weeks, with a heat lamp for them to get under, if they needed it. They are FINE! Very healthy. (It has got to be better for them, than a brooder... Right? .. I am no expert.)

    Rain where you are? I had to close mine in the coop during rain - i think they didn't like the sound on the roof, so they went outside. They are a little older and are more comfortable in the coop, now.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012
  8. Yep..... Presidential is correct. 3-weeks even in your weather is fine if they have a lamp to dive under until the temp reaches 65 in the coop and you keep those gusty winds from blowing on them all night.
  9. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2012
    Central Texas
    Nice little coop you built there. Your chickies can go out right now. I also built a brand new coop for my chicks. They went outside at 13 days old. I hung the heat lamp in the coop. Mine are now 4 weeks old today and the heat has been out of the coop for 3 days without a problem. They will be soooo happy to be outside in their brand new home.
  10. adelore

    adelore Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2012
    Hart, Michigan
    Looks great, how many chicks do you have?

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