Getting ready to start Chicken Coops!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hammond, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Hammond

    Hammond New Egg

    Nov 5, 2015
    Any advice!

    So excited!
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    Welcome to BYC! That sounds so exciting! [​IMG]

    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! [​IMG]
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at 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.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Oooh boy! The chicken adventure begins![​IMG] 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.
  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    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.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    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 .
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    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!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by