Hen House necessary in desert climates

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DirtyPig, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. DirtyPig

    DirtyPig New Egg

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    Does anyone think it is necessary to have a hen house in a desert (Arizona) climate? Is it okay to have a completely covered chicken run with nesting boxes?
     
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be preferable. A regular coop could cook them in the summer. I am in Florida and have open air pens. I put hardware cloth on all sides and the top and then covered the whole thing. I added an addition and made the back wall of it solid wood. I use plastic or tarps to deflect wind in the winter or when there are going to be blowing rains. Sand on the bottom is the best!
     
  3. DirtyPig

    DirtyPig New Egg

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    Thanks. I guess it was common sense but I needed some reassurance. What's the sand for, or is that what your soil consists of?
     
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put sand on the inside of the pens and the poop just vanishes! I put some hay in for the winter and went out today and raked it out. Poop everywhere! I won't be putting hay in again. Poop just sits there.
    Here is one I built for my mom. I can't find the pics of mine right now.
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