(help!) i NEED COOP INTERIOR IDEAS.

frankie5316

Songster
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
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Tucson, Arizona
THESE ARE THE BEST PICS I CAN GET, IM COMPLETELY LOST, I HAVE NO IDEA HERE TO PUT ROOSTS AND WATERERS AND NEST BOXES CAN ANYONE TELL ME WAT I SHOULD PUT IN AND WHERE?








sIDE VIEW



FRONT VIEW

 

CarlaRiggs

Songster
12 Years
Oct 26, 2007
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Los Angeles, California
Hey, Frankie ~

There are a few rule of thumb ideas that you might want to give a try in your coop. *No rules are hard & fast*

Rule # 1 Roosts should be higher than your nest boxes. Because the hens will produce more fertilizer during their sleep than at any other time
, it would be a good idea to have some sort of removable dropping board under the roost. This way you can clean just that board every morning, removing a lot of the coop's mess. Easy Peasy.

Rule # 2 Nestboxes are generally at least 12" above the floor. Most hens appreciate a small perch in front of the opening, so that she can check things out before entering the nest. If possible, put the nests into a darker corner of the coop.

Rule #3 Hang the waterer/feeder at shoulder height (chickens' shoulders, not your's) so that they can't kick dirt into them. Another option is to mount them up on a sturdy box.

Look at the coop and 'see' how you'll empty the droppings board, and gather eggs and do the other chores. You want to make this easy on yourself.

If you're saving space, then perhaps you can put the feeders under the dropping board. Just make sure that nothing can drop into them from above.


And do remember, the hens don't care as much as you do pertaining to the layout.
 

FrontPorchIndiana

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11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
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Indiana
Maybe try drawing a floor plan on paper and then cutting out smaller pieces of paper that represent nest boxes, roosts, etc. You could then move them around until it seems right. Here's what I did...



I just tried to keep in mind things like making the feed and water easy to get to and keeping the nest boxes away from the high traffic as much as possible.
 

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