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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheCapps', May 17, 2011.

  1. TheCapps'

    TheCapps' Out Of The Brooder

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    First of all Hello,

    We are new to chickenry i'll call it. We have purchsed a house on 7 acres with plenty of room for whatever. Our fisrt endevour is the chickens. My neighbor has kept chickens and I have been getting info from them from time to time. I would like to see what everyone thinks of what I have going on, and get insight of things to change, add, ideas, what ever you have to offer. Ok so here goes, as of now we have 4 cucco murans, 2 wynodottes, 4 easter eggers (we think), and 2 Bantams. I also have 5 broad breasted bronze poults. Our lot is about 2 acres cleared and the rest is wooded, just as the woods start i cut out an area for the coop. I made a pen 25' x 25' with t posts and 2"x4" 4ft tall welded wire. and inside the pen I built an 8' x 8' coop. I havent got to doing anything with the interior besides some temporary perches. what I would like to do is get them familiar with the area and hopefully just let them run where ever they would like. We do have more chicken we should be getting from a mail order next month, 10 more I believe. well here are some pictures of our set-up. Please critique it. I guess I can't post pictures yet, I'll try to figure something out.
     
  2. TheCapps'

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  3. AyeUpChuck

    AyeUpChuck Striving for Self-Sufficiency

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  4. surgerynut

    surgerynut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it. Where abouts in the world are you?[​IMG]
     
  5. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and [​IMG] from SE Pa, Amish country and proud of it!
     
  6. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks awesome! I would open a whole bale of pine shavings and dump it on the floor. It absorbs moisture and you will only have to change it a couple times a year.
     
  7. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome The Capps

    Nice house ! How long will you need to keep newspapers down?
     
  8. TheCapps'

    TheCapps' Out Of The Brooder

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    we are located in Suffolk, Virginia
     
  9. TheCapps'

    TheCapps' Out Of The Brooder

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    so It looks like the first change we need is the news paper. I still need to finish the roof, It is being made of fiberglass panels I get from work, the material was free so I figuered i'd use it somewhere.
     
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  10. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have your coop on the edge of the woods, you're gonna have some critter issues. Me, I would put some 1/2inch hardware cloth there where the roosts are, on the inside of the welded wire you have. If a Coon reaches in and grabs a chicken's leg while it's roosting, it will pull it out a piece at a time. Very disturbing, to say the least. The hardware cloth should preclude that. Also, you've got them secure at night, right? Lock the door with a latch that coons can't open, and no open holes.

    If you have trouble with the coop far from the house, you might want to move it closer. Mine is like, 10 feet from my back door, inside the dog fence. But then, I only have 7 chickens, so no smell or fly issues as yet. Very easy to care for and maintain. When I had my coop farther away, it was more trouble to care for, and the chickens got in trouble and I didn't hear them.

    Just my two cents' worth! You'll find a wealth of information, and lots of opinions, here on BYC! Welcome![​IMG]
     

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