Fence Coop Design with cabinets

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dmythen, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Dmythen

    Dmythen New Egg

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    How can you integrate a coop into an existing fence?

    I used the existing cedar plank fence as one wall and built a raised 6 x 8 coop behind it. I was able to extend a new cedar fence around the new coop which met CCRs. Looks nice from the street.

    It was pretty easy to line up the cabinets with the nesting boxes so access is very easy to gather eggs.

    I made it so the back panels remove for easy feeding and cleaning about every 4 days with 8 chickens. I put shavings in the nesting boxes and sand everywhere else which works great.
    The roost area is over steel wire mesh so the manure drops and I just scrape the sand down the mesh.

    The chickens cannot get under the coop as I have a fold up wire mesh barrier that locks up for manure removal. Make sure the gate that you add to the existing fence is wide enough for a wheelbarrow. Mine is just barely.

    Not shown is a pulley system which lowers a salvaged marble tile to block the coop entry if needed. Lost our last flock to Mr Bobcat. Also have coyotes, bears, bald eagles, sasquatch and maybe chupacabras.
    As a result, a new commercial Fishing net now covers the coop and run. It peaks around cedar tree centered in run area. Under the fenceline is buried wire mesh out 24" from base. No problems.

    It is wired for two timed lights. One is a heat lamp and the other a full spectrum light to trick them to lay more in the winter months. We had an electric fence along the top which worked for about a year until the bobcat blew right through it. The watering is automatic out in run via hose and self filling waterer.




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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Really nice job on that coop, it sounds practically automated, just add the chickens. Somebody has some good carpentry skills. The commercial fishnet is a really good idea, never thought about using that, but in areas where you can find them can see that it would be a better deal than the usual poultry netting. We pretty much stick to electric fencing and big dogs for most of our predator control, don't know how they would do against Bigfoot, but fortunately they seem to be rather sparse around here, usually only sighted when the neighbor has been drinking too much beer.
     

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