From SC. 1st time coop builder and chicken farmer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by matt4068, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. matt4068

    matt4068 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2016
    Lowcountry SC
    Hello and I guess Ive finally join here for some advice and hopefully some good stories to share from my future flock. Started a coop design about a week ago and posted some photos for thoughts and review here

    Please give me your opinions. I'm a small timer here so no large walk in coop. (Unfortunately)

    Thanks for having me here. Look forward to joining on the fun soon.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens- hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and a warm welcome to BYC - great to have you join us. All the best with your build and your new chicken adventure

  6. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If at all possible, I'd encourage you to build your coop tall enough for you to stand up in. Chickens poop all night long and trying to clean it up will be easier if you don't have to stoop down. Also, if you can make the nesting boxes accessible from outside, egg collecting will be easier.

    Good luck with your build. I hope you enjoy your flock as much as I do mine!
  7. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2015
    Long Island NY
    Hi :frow welcome to BYC
  8. dlp40

    dlp40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2015
    Florence sc
    Welcome to the flock! What part of sc are you in, i am in florence sc & experienced in building coops plus i have the hook up with some great local chicken people. Also, as luck would have it, i am building my 3rd and 4th coop which will be much like yours.

    As for your coop build, if you are going with layers, i agree with a stand up coop being best. If your set on a small off the ground coop though. I will say, 1 side should open completely up like a giant door. This will save a lot of head and back ach(learn from my mistake on this one[​IMG]).
    Ventalation is a must other wise when it gets cold frost bite from moister build up will cause issues. I went around the top of my new coop on 3 sides with hardware cloth following the pitch of the roof. Absolutley my best feature of this coop. My tractor i did a big window covered with hardware cloth and a wood door....terrible so far as the water hits the wood and runs down the cloth into the nest boxes. Now it's tarped to prevent this. I will also say a hardware cloth floor can be a blessing and a curse, allows some breeze and poo threw in the summer but will get caked up and need a good scrubbing. Then in the winter straw or pine flakes can be added for insulation on the floor. Floor space i would go no less then 4sq ft per bird and 1-2 nest boxes. I have 5 layers in a 7x7x8 tall coop and they are happy. They were in a 8x4x5 high tractor and the thing looked like a sardine can. Plus i had to free range them in my yard which is not so much fun for my flower beds or mulch.

    So yeah, welcome again and if you want to talk more and don't want it on the me. Hope that info will help ya some and Good luck to ya, David.
  9. matt4068

    matt4068 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2016
    Lowcountry SC
    Thank you everyone! I am looking forward to building my coop and flock shortly! I've been good about trying to research before asking a ton of questions. But thankfully you all are very forgiving with new chicken keepers! Lol.

    Hi Dave, I'm about 2.5hrs south of you on 95, Beaufort sc.
    Thanks for the advice, I've now added two things to the plans, making it tall enough on 4x4 posts not to have to bend into. And making a door on the front or back that is almost half the length so about 3-3.5' and the entire height.
    I'm thinking of making the vent/hardware cloth doors hinge at the top with left and right overhang for keeping the rain out.

    What ya think? Building an incubator also. [​IMG]
  10. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    The revised plan sounds great! [​IMG]

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