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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by petitesphinx, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tips, suggestions??? Please, we hope to do this right and make the most from our coop...Thank you for your tips and ideas!! We're on a tight budget [​IMG] , so we're having to make this up as we go along and almost everything is recycled from something around the farm [​IMG] :

    Nesting boxes made from book shelves:
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    Roost:
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    Coop:
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  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good to me!!!! wish i had that much space. Great job on using scraps from around the farm [​IMG]
     
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.

    I'm not sure how cold it gets down there in the winter, but you should ditch those metal roosts. Your chickens' feet will really be hurting... Frostbite and such.
     
  4. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, we'll swap out the metal for tree branches. Sound good?

    Also, is it ok to paint the inside of the coop, or will the chickens peck/eat the paint and get poisoned?
     
  5. ScottLee

    ScottLee Out Of The Brooder

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  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the above post if you get weather below freezing those metal roosts will turn into a diseaster.

    Another suggestion would be in reference to the skids you have in front of the nest box and roosts.

    It doesn't look like the roost and nest are more than a couple of feet from the ground so getting to the nest boxes and roost should not be a problem. I would do one of two things.

    1. remove them.

    2. remove ever other board.

    I am speaking from experience in that they will accumulate poo and become a mess. There isn't enough space between the boards and when they poo it lands on the board below.

    Do the seabrights roost on top of the nest boxes? (just curious)

    In reference to the paint, paint away. Just avoid lead based paint which I am not even sure you can buy anymore.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2008
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    YUp wood is a good switch. Your hen house looks huge! Very nice job [​IMG]
     
  8. cmom

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    I agree.

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  9. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking really good lots of space mim sure they will be happy and [​IMG]
     

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