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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Joe Jordan, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Joe Jordan

    Joe Jordan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You have a beautiful coop, and what a great materials list with step-by-step! I'm in Kansas too, and you're not wrong about the unique challenges to building here, to accommodate about any situation.
     
  3. Joe Jordan

    Joe Jordan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do your turkeys roost with your chickens?
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes! I was really excited when they first discovered the coop. The female is the more outgoing and she went in first, and jumped up on the roosts (middle of the day) and walked back and forth on them, chattering excitedly. The male is more reserved and peered in the door but was reluctant to join her. That night she decided it was a good place to sleep but he wouldn't go in. She went over and talked to him earnestly for awhile and after that they both walked into the coop and jumped up on the roosts. It was really amazing watching the communication between them.

    Since then, she has gone in voluntarily (through the chicken door) every night. He will go into the coop via the people door but has only gone in the chicken door twice (to roost - by day he is in and out of it all the time to eat). He really would prefer to sleep outside, and only goes in when she really insists. However so far he sleeps on my chunnel which is only 4' high so after dark, when he is asleep, I pick him up and carry him in.
     
  5. Joe Jordan

    Joe Jordan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is a chunnel?
     
  6. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    chicken tunnel [​IMG]
     
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh sorry, yes, it is a chicken tunnel. Its not pretty but you can see a picture of it on my "My Coop" page. I have the auto door that swing out rather than the guillotine style and I found that guineas were roosting on top of the door, and I also worried about winds. As you know, we get some good ones in Kansas! So I chopped a door in half and created the chunnel with some pieces of scrap lumber to triangulate it, and its working great. It keeps birds from roosting on the door, and protects the door not just from winds but from rain blowing through it as well. My next project is to take some of the metal siding left over from the coop build, and cover the chunnel itself. That way it will last longer, and will match the coop a little better.
     
  8. Joe Jordan

    Joe Jordan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be darned! I been wanting one of these chunnles people keep talking about not knowing what the heck one even was. Turns out, I got one already. [​IMG]

    BYC language is getting to me. [​IMG] lol
     

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