Here is my new henhouse and chicks

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by icthus, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. icthus

    icthus Out Of The Brooder

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    It was originally a heavy wooden table with 4x4 legs. I made it into a 2 story house. It is on 4x4 treated skids. It is about 6x3 and about 6' tall. It is very heavy but I plan to keep it sheltered from the wind.
    Also, I included a pic of the 10x12 coop I am working on and a pic of some of my 1 week old chicks ( 5 pullets each of; RIR, BR, WR, Black sex links and SLW plus 2 RIR roos)
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  2. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That should do the trick till you get the other built. [​IMG]
     
  3. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you putting all those chicks in that little house?
     
  4. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She says she has a 10x12 she's working on. Anyway i see 11 chicks and a 2 story 5x3 'little house...hmmm thats 30sq ft it's not that bad...
     
  5. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great job on the coop! I love the table idea...you are creative!
     
  6. icthus

    icthus Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks. You are too kind. Also, you are right about the temporary nature of the chicks current lodging.

    I have 27 chicks that are almost 1 week old. I am currently keeping all of them in the upstairs of the building which is 18 square feet. The reason the chicks look cramped is because picture only shows about 1 s.f. in the corner. The other 15 chicks were occupying the other 15 s.f. with plenty of room to spare. They have plenty of room for now. It is actually just kind of like a big brooder with a roof. When they start getting cramped I can open the hatch to give them access to the downstairs, effectively doubling the size of their quarters until the 10x12 house is done. I mainly built the little house to be mobile by pulling with my tractor. After I harvest my garden, I am going to temporarily fence it in and put the little house with 5-6 hens in there to buffet on the leftovers and fertilize the garden. I also plan to use the little house for breeding purposes.

    Anyway, that's the plan. Now I just have to finish that bigger building. Actually it is ironic, the big building seems like it is going up faster than the small one. I guess it is the difference between building something from scratch vs designing around all the nuances and small details of an already existent item.
     
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  7. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brilliant! It looks great. Fantastic idea to use it in your garden! [​IMG]
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    great idea using the table!!.[​IMG]...i'm gonna be searching my basement tommorow!....nice coop...Wendy
     
  9. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I wasn't commenting on the picture, just the 27 chickens in 18 square feet! I didn't catch the note about building a larger coop... The little one is darling!
     

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