Guinea Hen Areas

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by DonnaScott, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. DonnaScott

    DonnaScott Chirping

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    Could you guys show me pics of your Guinea hen Coops and run. I have 8 and I need to do this right and hopefully stop buying coop after coop. Here's my temporary home. Yes I know now it's small so with winter so close time is of the essence.

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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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  3. Unicornlife3316

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    I’ll get a picture of my coop tomorrow. It’s a 12 x 12 dog run, fortified with gates, plywood, hard wire, and a massive tarp, plus bricks to keep digging predators out.

    I can’t help with the run, mine are free range.

    Look at your local farm store for the dog panels - they’re the easiest things to set up and don’t cost an arm and a leg (@R2elk your set up is beautiful and makes me totally coop jealous!) I’ve always wanted a gorgeous coop decorated and pretty but I went for cheap and super protected to get started. Maybe one day I will have a beautiful set up like that!! I paid $300 for the one I use for my chickens, give plenty of space for SLEEPING only, it would definitely not be big enough for a run, but works just fine for their sleeping area.

    What’s your plan with these guineas @DonnaScott ? I know the free ranging didn’t work because of the neighbors abandoned yard. Will you be able to build a run big enough? Safe enough? Same for the coop.
     
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  4. R2elk

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    I bought all the coop materials on sale plus used pieces I had laying around from other projects. I believe that my total cost was close to your coop cost because I did all the work on it by myself. Of course the fencing was also additional but again all materials were bought on sale and I did all the labor myself.
     
  5. Unicornlife3316

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    That’s AMAZING. Even more amazing.

    I wish I had skills like that, I probably could if I HAD to but it probably wouldn’t turn out great. I actually used a loafing she’d that was already on the property, it gave me the roof to keep them dry, it had the wall to block the wind from the north, but open for plenty of ventilation. I just put in the first dog run (came with the property when we bought it) and set them up out there, then a bobcat came and attacked through the fencing, so I covered the bottom 2-3 feet in plywood, other fences, barbed wire, basically whatever I could find to keep his freaking paws out.

    When I got my chickens, I bought that second kennel, covered the bottom again in plywood, fences, barbed wire again. Then I had a digging predator, So I did bricks and the hardware wire (is that what it’s called? The 1/4” strong heavy duty wire?) around the bottom of the coop and I plan to do a concrete trench this spring, or this fall, if Texas will ever get in to fall!
     
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  6. southwind00

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    From my limited experience with my free ranging guineas, I've learned that they like height in a coop IMG_20191016_123521489.jpg inside -1.jpg . My run is only for the frigid,snowy , windy winter days when I wouldn't be letting them out and even in my small coop my 8 birds got along fine during the winter.

    As you can see I have designed some hiding places and in the corner I have a ladder with a bale of hay underneath it.
     
  7. Mixed flock enthusiast

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    Love your skylight!
     
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  8. Mixed flock enthusiast

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    For a little over a year, I’ve used a 8x6 split portion of a shed, with s Chunnel and automatic door for what started as 16 and then was 8-9 guineas. I wanted a flock of about 20, and this space was too small for that, so we recently made a 8 x 16 cattle panel hoop coop, using the design from this thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/modified-hoop-coop-design-development.1120946/page-4

    I think this design is relatively inexpensive and fast. I want to add temporary fencing for when I need to lock guineas up (they usually free range) so am planning to get solar electric poultry netting that will be covered in nylon mesh...
     

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  9. Vaughnr007

    Vaughnr007 In the Brooder

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    I see your feeders and was wondering what you feed? I have the same feeder and the guineas empted it in a day all over the floor.
     
  10. southwind00

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    That feeder is for my adolescent guineas, and they waste some but not like they use to. I keep the feeders raised and that helps. I'm still have them on grower but will be switching over to an adult feed as I will be moving my adult birds into the new coop for the winter.
     

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