Garden Coop modifications Qs - ventilation, poultry nipples, etc.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by saraem, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. saraem

    saraem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are planning to start building "The Garden Coop" for our 3-4 chickens soon (we are suspicious that one may be a roo that needs to be rehomed.) This is our first time raising baby chicks and having backyard chickens.

    After reading these forums, there are a few mods that I plan to make that I have questions about.

    1. Ventilation - we live in a hot climate and I'm concerned about them having enough ventilation in the henhouse. I am going to leave off the interior walls and add some hinged "windows" (hardware cloth with doors that can be closed if needed) up high, does anyone have recommendations on how large they should be and on how many sides?

    2. Has anyone done/seen a Garden Coop with added poultry nipple waterer? I like the idea of using PVC pipe over a bucket-type design but have never seen pics of this in conjunction with our particular coop.

    3. Exterior vs. interior nesting boxes. It seems most people do this to create more space in the henhouse. Since we only have 4 chickens, does this seem unnecessary? One nesting box is sufficient for 4 hens, correct?

    4. I have seen coops with a drawer beneath the henhouse for easy cleaning. Does this make more sense than using poop boards under the roosts? Making clean-out easy is one of my biggest priorities.

    I'm also planning to lower the henhouse so the kids can collect eggs without a stool, moving the pop door from the bottom of henhouse to the side as we plan to maybe use sweet pdz, making the roosts in henhouse removable and adding poop boards/drawer of some sort.

    Would love to hear of any other mods people made, or wished they made.
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2. We use 2 liter bottles with nipples on them and they seem to cause no trouble, once on learns they teach the others. We also have 2 dog bowls in the yard though (mainly for the dogs and out outside/inside cat) that the chickens use as well.

    4. In our roosting area we have cupboard doors (for easy access to the roosts) and below the roosts we have 4 shallow containers with sand and other products and every 2 days we just scoop the poop out like you would with cats and cat litter. It makes it IMMENSELY more easy.
     
  3. saraem

    saraem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was my plan for under the roosts. Scooping every couple days sounds much nicer than mucking out all the time. Do you have any area with more traditional bedding? Shavings/straw? Or is that unnecessary once they are grown because they always sleep on the roosts?
     
  4. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is a old shed we have made into a coop (and we free-range) so the inside isn't super big but we do use straw and shavings on the floor (and old crisp dry leaves from last fall) and it helps soak up a good amount of smell and keeps the floor clean and poop-free for us to traverse the area.
     

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