Girlchick's new coop and run

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by girlchick, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. girlchick

    girlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all!

    Been a while since I posted, although I read the posts most days. We completed the new coop and run for the girls and moved them into their new home this morning. It went really well, since the younger pullets have been mingling with the big girls for a couple weeks in the gazebo.

    Okay, first pics: hubby started to level/smooth the area for the platform he was building. I asked him if he was concerned about the pvc water lines and he said no. Uh huh, guess what?
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    Now we can get going, right?
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    Shed box had 2 left front corners, no right front. Phone call solved that and piece arrived via FedEx in a couple days. Lifetime has good customer service.

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    I really like this shed.

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    Sweet PDZ and a layer of sand on the floor, PDZ in the poop trays. Hubby built nest box and roosts. Good hubby. The blue tote
    is where the youngsters have slept, so I put it in just as a security thing if they don't roost. Eggs are hard boiled and just a clue for the big girls to lay their eggs there. We will find out tomorrow.
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    Picture below is just after we brought in the roosts and nest box. You can see the dog door down on the left. No flap, just the opening.

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    Girls and their new home.

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    I locked them in the coop for about 3 hours and then opened the door to the run. They went right out and started scratching in the leaves. Easy transition.

    But.....I just went out to check and all 4 of the Columbian Wyadottes are perched on the outdoor roost, 2 of the younger pullets are sleeping in the corner inside the coop and I managed to reach the other 2 and put them on a roost. I also put a "night light" in there for tonight. Tomorrow I guess I'll have to shoo them inside and close the door. rats
     
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  2. Americano Blue

    Americano Blue Mush on!

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    Looks awesome! great job!
     
  3. girlchick

    girlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'm glad it's finally done and the girls have a nice safe place with plenty of room. I really like the Lifetime shed with the 2 skylights. Inside the coop is nice and bright.
     
  4. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice area for the girls! I like the roosts. How hot does it get where you are? The shed is nice but if it gets over 90 it will become an oven and will need a lot more ventilation, or maybe a cooler. I can't tell in the photos but if there isn't already you will want to put chicken wire, hardware cloth or some other materiel from the ground to about 2-3 feet up. If they put their heads through the chain link something will come along and eat their heads off. It happened to my sister's neighbor. Imagine going out in the morning to find headless chickens!
     
  5. girlchick

    girlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Sill,
    It gets really hot here and yes, we will make some modifications before summer to provide much more ventilation. :) Hubby is designing screen doors to install inside the shed entrance doors so I can open it up . Also, I have a small swamp cooler that works well in cooling a small area, so that will be another thing to keep the girls comfortable in the heat. Good idea for the chicken wire around the lower part of the fence. Thanks
     
  6. Diannastarr

    Diannastarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi from Dianna , try some bread, they will follow you inside....lol.... mine will follow me to the ends of the earth for bread[​IMG] ...lol..[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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