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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hammond, Nov 5, 2015.
Welcome to BYC! That sounds so exciting!
Here are some coop building tips. Now, I've heard these from other people, I haven't ever built a coop myself:
A solid floor prevents predators digging in. Mine is concrete and is easily cleaned but also holds in moisture and smell
Ventilation is very important, cover ventilation holes with small, sturdy wire (not chicken wire) so as to prevent rodents or weasels from slipping in
Natural light will promote laying, so during the warmer months you could have openings to let in light
Chicken wire does not keep predators out at all, don't use chicken wire on the outer parts of the coop
Nest boxes should have tall rims to prevent nesting material getting kicked out
Make sure the roof slants away from the opening so there aren't any puddles in front of the coop
I hope this helps!
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there including a section on coops. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
Oooh boy! The chicken adventure begins! I would definitely check out these links to learn the basics.
Best of luck and feel free to ask any questions. We are happy to help.
Love your avatar by the way.
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.
1/2" hardware cloth is the way to go. Chicken wire only keeps chickens inside - it does nothing to keep predators outside. It costs more, lasts longer but, makes a big difference .
Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!
Read what you can on here about every coop building related topic. There is a lot of great information here and it offers lots of great ideas!