First coop and run almost complete!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hnownr, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Hnownr

    Hnownr Out Of The Brooder

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    Got more chickens then I was originally was going to get... 3 became 12, so I had do get something much bigger then I was first planing on. Here are some pictures, have to put a wire roof on the pen, and have a door made up for them to go thru should be done in the next few days [​IMG]

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    Hope the pictures come thru alright...
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  2. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't wait to see how it turns out!
     
  3. kichohana

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whew was I glad to scroll down and see that second photo with the chain link dog kennel. Just remember to cover the bottom 2' with hardware cloth to keep predators from reaching through. Also make sure you have plenty of ventilation or that shed will become one hot box! [​IMG]

    Looking forward to seeing your progress...
     
  4. sandsfamilychickens

    sandsfamilychickens New Egg

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    Looks great! We just finished our coop and run. I agree with previous post about ventilation. That shed could become a smoker. Enjoy the birds.
     
  5. Hnownr

    Hnownr Out Of The Brooder

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    Used 2x4 weld wire on the bottom and I am going to finish up the top with the same tomorrow, having a guiliteen style metal door made from a local welder hope it holds up well! And for the ventilation, I honestly don't think it gets too hot in there, we just had a couple 90+ degree days and it wasn't that bad during the day in there... I think mostly because it only gets sunlight up till about 11-12 ish and gets shade the rest of the day. Thank you for the comments, I will post some more pics when I get it finished up in the next few days!
     
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Please put some more ventilation in at least in the peaks to exhaust the ammonia fumes
     
  7. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

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    Quote:I agree. It's not just heat, it's ammonia fumes and also they need fresh air! You gotta do something for some ventilation, you can't close them in solid like that. It will be unhealthy for them.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:I agree. It's not just heat, it's ammonia fumes and also they need fresh air! You gotta do something for some ventilation, you can't close them in solid like that. It will be unhealthy for them.

    Yep - you'll definitely need ventilation. Whatever you're using to cut the pop door through that vinyl material(?), just do the same thing for "windows" up high, and use screws/washers to put hardware cloth screens over them.

    Also, although the 2x4 welded wire is great in that it's very strong, it, over top of chain link, won't keep small raccoon hands from reaching through the wire to grab a chicken neck to pull a bird through. You really should consider a smaller meshed wire around the bottom portion... It's fine for the top, because the little birdies are on the ground...
     
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  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If nothing else, get some ornate floor registers and plunge cut them in. They have a built in lever so you can open and close them. The old big ones are fancy and inexpensive on Ebay or you can get the new basic ones at the lumber yard or heating furnace companys
     
  10. Hnownr

    Hnownr Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Look closely it's already there, it's at the peak on the front and rear.
     

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