Guinea Coop Design Landing Boards

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by pattya, May 17, 2010.

  1. pattya

    pattya Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking for ideas concerning landing boards for guinea coop.Any ideas on height,opening size for entry,placement of food source off ground.If possible I want to have guineas come and go without having to open ground level entrance and provide sheltered roost. Anyone have this layout? THANKS DAVID
     
  2. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a upper door about 15x15 or so, and a landing board made out of a 1x6. Door is about 4 feet above coop floor & 6 feet off the ground. In truth, we don't use it at all. We thought they'd want to go in that way, but they're fine going in the bottom door using a regular ramp.

    Guineas walk as a default transportation method. Flying is for special occasions, like hiding from predators, chasing each other around, or acting silly in the morning. We didn't realize that when we got them.

    Roosts are big straight branches mounted about 3 and 4 feet off the floor on the opposite side from the doors.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. pattya

    pattya Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the response. I'm going to try the entrance about 6 ft off the ground with a approx 24 x 36 opening that has a landing platform.The roosts will be top of the pen 3 ft above the opening.I 've had guineas for years but always with a ground level coop entrance that I closed.At present time I not availble to tend them in this way and want them to roam, have a feed station off groung and covered roost. It worth a try.
     
  4. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am considering the same approach with a a couple of strands of electric fence down below to deter climbing critters at night.
     
  5. pattya

    pattya Out Of The Brooder

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    racuda,I hadn't thought of that approach..great idea.I would need advise on how to accomplish ,I've no experience with electric fencing.
     
  6. pattya

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    Looking for advice on electric fencing protection that was suggested to safeguard opening for guineas. Has anyone done this? great idea racuda suggested,not certain how to accomplish. Need ideas! Help!!
     
  7. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pattya, if you ask about electric fencing in the "Predators and Pests" section, you will get LOTS of replies.

    I can tell you that the first step is making sure your charger is well grounded. I bought a 8 foot long grounding rod and pounded it all the way in the ground, and attached a grounding clamp to connect to my charger. I bought the charger at Southern States and the other stuff at Lowes.
     
  8. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should make a tree house coop
     
  9. pattya

    pattya Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all info.Going to start with Southern States in Annaplois Marylan( Bowen Farm Supply) to get basic idea. Main problem is no electric service to area,don't want extension cords.Any ideas on racor wire under roosting platform?
     
  10. Larry33843

    Larry33843 Out Of The Brooder

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    Consider solar fence charger. I saw one last night in some catalog, think it was 49.95, included panel and charger, just hook up fencing and set panel.
     

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