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Garage Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jnikjag, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. Jnikjag

    Jnikjag New Egg

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    I would like to section off a corner of my garage for a coop for 4 hens. Good idea? It has a window and I can create good ventilation.
     
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    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! Chickens create a very dusty environment; it will be a mess! You can make a very nice coop there, having a roof already is great, BUT the dust wiil be a problem. Also, predator protection is a big issue, so pictures and plans will help here. Mary
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If the coop walls inside the garage are solid, you won't have bird 'dust' in the garage.
    Possible but tricky.
    How much space will you give the how many birds?
    More info on your climate and pics of the garage would be needed to advise here.
     
  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't do it because might ruin your garage (smell, attract rat, other critters, and rotten the wood). It is better to get a free shed and put away from the house if you don't have money. My coop was build by free plywood shipping box and pretty solid.
     
  5. potterpoulets

    potterpoulets Just Hatched

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    I've just done this very thing. My hens moved in about a week and a half ago; so far so good! We'll see how winter goes. The walls are not insulated, but I have lined the inside of the walls with OSB so that the building isn't harmed (also assuming the R value will be higher than the average coop), the floor is a concrete slab (which I sealed), and I'm doing deep litter, so that the floor shouldn't be too cold.

    Good luck!
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Got pics of the inside?
     
  7. potterpoulets

    potterpoulets Just Hatched

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    Indeed, I do! This is officially my 20th post, so I'll be starting my coop page tonight. I'll come back and post a link here.
     
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  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Just so you know, deep litter method needs contact with the soil to start the composting process; otherwise, it tends to stagnate. It needs the microbes from the soil.

    LofMc
     
  10. potterpoulets

    potterpoulets Just Hatched

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    I've seen it done without ground contact, and it's been suggested to leave a little bit of the old bedding when cleaning it out to keep the good bacteria going like good gut bacteria. It worked well enough in my old coop which was elevated off the ground.
     

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