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 LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. 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!

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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. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken 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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