hi all! new to being a backyard chicken mommy! help!

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  1. sjkd123

    sjkd123 Just Hatched

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    Hey all! I just joined this group! I'm currently converting my outdoor double dog kennel into a chicken coop. I put the roof and a few perches out today. One kennel is 16×8. So pretty big. I'm looking to have around 12 chickens when all is said and done. Any ideas on an easy, inexpensive roost or nesting box I can put inside the kennels? Any ideas would be appreciated!! And any new backyard chicken mommy advice would be great!! Thanks all!! I'm excited to join this group!!!
     
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  2. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome!! [​IMG]I use tree limbs, old 2x4s, and an old wooden ladder leaned up for roosts in my run. I use plastic bins from Walmart for nesting boxes. My girls are not picky and they work fine.
     
  3. sjkd123

    sjkd123 Just Hatched

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    Thank you!! I was also wondering What exactly needs to be enclosed for the chickens? Does the roost or nesting boxes need to be enclosed? I live in south Florida so the coldest we get is usually low 40s high 30s...
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock. If you go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum you can locate and post on your state thread. I think you best advice will come from others in your locale. In hotter climates people generally have two solid walls for a coop and two walls with just something like hardware cloth. The birds can get air yet be contained and somewhat protected from predators.
     
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  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Sounds like you have the advice you need, so I just want to welcome you.

    [​IMG] so glad you joined us.
     
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  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I don't live in such a hot climate, so I don't have any personal experience with coop design. But, I would suspect that the coop wouldn't have to be quite as enclosed as a northern coop would be.
     
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  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    All coops need walls to protect the birds from predators. However, in hot climates, the walls don't have to be solid--they can be made of wire, which allows air flow. Chickens do prefer nest boxes to be solid and secluded.

    As for some roost ideas, I use scraps of lumber and large tree branches. Anything can work as long as it isn't sharp and has enough grip.
     
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
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