Hello, this is my first post, building my first coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CityFolk, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. CityFolk

    CityFolk Out Of The Brooder

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    I have kind of a funny story as to how I came to want chickens for myself. I live in the city and would have never thought about having chickens. I do have a pet cat and sometimes I browse the local shelter websites to look at the new strays they have picked up. One day I was looking at the dog section and one that was described as a 3 year old female pit bull had a picture of a rooster! I thought it was funny, but then I started thinking, what if I adopted it? I soon found out roosters are not allowed in the city limits, but I kept thinking about chickens off an on. Fast forward a month and I am halfway done buliding my coop. It has to be 50 ft from the neighbor's houses and it turns out there is one small spot it will just fit between the 3 neighboring houses so that is where it is going to be (When I say barely fit I hope they don't get the tape measure out.)

    Here is the pen I built: [​IMG]

    The pen is 14 feet by 8 feet (I hope that is enough!) I plan to free range them sometimes in the evening.

    My parents do rental houses as part of their income and I helped them take down an old shed they were replacing and they let me have the lumber for free. Here it is in the back of my step dad's truck.

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    Here is the progress I have made today:

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    Since I can't have a real rooster Tages will have to assume that role!

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    I found out I needed more flat boards from that shed so I am going to finish it tommorow. Wish me luck!
     
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything is looking good, a neat plan...
     
  3. CityFolk

    CityFolk Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some updates from today's work!

    All that is left is to make the ramp, put up the roosting bars and to put on the shingles. I am on vacation this week and my step dad is giving me tons of help!. The entire front comes off and there is a sliding door (not seen in pic) to close at night to keep the chickens in and neighborhood cats out. Do my nesting boxes look about right?

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  4. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good job, your not wasting any time.
     
  5. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

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    WELCOME [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    what breeds are you going to get? how many can you have? I am getting 18 from cackle hatchery 5 rirs, 5 buff orps 5brs 3ees
     
  6. CityFolk

    CityFolk Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the welcome. I can have 6 without permit, 12 with. I have a 4x4 coop so I think I can really only have 4 chickens. I will start out with 2 of the Rhode Island Reds and then probably get something more exotic later on for the other two.
     
  7. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great coop, especiallythat the lumber is rcycled [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  9. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

  10. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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