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Garage Hen House Established Spring 2015

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fanke19, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. fanke19

    fanke19 New Egg

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    Started construction in May 2015. I laid out an area slightly larger than 5 foot by 5 foot in the back corner of our detached garage

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    Picked up about $30 in lumber and started framing in the hen house

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    I set up the door in the corner, kind of like a walk-in shower

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    I had to work on this over the course of a week so before the door was done I just screwed on a solid sheet of plywood to keep the chicks safe

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    Once the door was in place, I started making a couple makeshift ramps so the hens could get to the door leading outside

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    The hole is approximately 13" x 13" and I am planning to box it in before the end of the summer with an attractive entrance

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    It didn't take long for the chickens to get the idea

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    Next I started making some portable 8 foot long runs

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    The idea was to keep them contained in the runs

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    But now my wife prefers to let them free-range in the yard

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  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! A very great idea for a hen house. :)
     
  4. fanke19

    fanke19 New Egg

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    Thanks guys [​IMG] I have many upgrades planned, I am addicted to looking up other coops here on BYC and on Pinterest LOL
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock
     
  6. fanke19

    fanke19 New Egg

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    Last night I happened upon a scene that I never thought could have happened. Before I go to bed, I always glance out the living room window to see that the heat lamp is on in hen house. Well, last night the coop was pitch black, so I hurried out to replace the lamp that I assumed had burned out. I get out there, and as I open the coop door with a new 250watt bulb in my hand, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that I knew was not a chicken. I'm very thankful that this did not end terribly.
     
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  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    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 join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Some might fine chickens you have there. Good luck with your coop ideas!
     
  8. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - good you found that possum before it did any damage. Guess thats another "upgrade" to do eh? I hope you enjoy being a member, and thanks for sharing your photos of your coop.


    All the best
    CT
     

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