hidden coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ra, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. ra

    ra Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    you guys/gals have any pics or ideas for a hidden type coop? we have a 6 foot fenced back yard so people cant really see in. we are trying to figure out some kind of coop that blends in really well for about 5-7 chickens. any ideas or pictures would be a great help to us

  2. doodledoo

    doodledoo Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    You could always get one that looks like a shed or playhouse and then no one would know if they are quiet.
  3. freddy22

    freddy22 Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    yea....buy a play house and put them in there lol, or better yet..let them live inside lol
  4. ra

    ra Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    trust me are 4 year old daughter would love to have them inside. she gets made if we talk about putting the chicks in the bathroom at night in there box. last night the chicks were making a lot of noise and my wife and i were joking about the noise. she said be quite. my daughter that was in bed "sleeping" yelled dont talk to them like that. i was thinking of another wooded fence with a coop inside. hoping the wood might help keep the noise down from them. the closest neibors dont mind and think its great we have them. we made sure to ask before we got them. the closest neibors behind us are about 75-100 yards. think they will hear some hens in are back yard? its pretty woods back there.

  5. sewincircle

    sewincircle Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central New York
    Are you trying to hide it because you are not aloud to have chickens in your area or for the looks? Because you can have very cute coops that look nice. If its an issue of the law, I would find that out first.
  6. bluie

    bluie Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    The best thing you can do is to get your neighbors on board. The neighbors on three sides of me don't mind the chickens, but I plan to share eggs with all as soon as the days get longer and egg production gets going. They make noise when they are of laying age, proudly proclaiming the fact that they have laid an egg. I too have a six foot board fence in my backyard and I specifically built my coop so it is no taller than the fence. Good luck!
  7. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    Hi! You will find alot of examples if you do a search of BYC.

    Also, City Chicken has good photos. http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/hhotm.html
    features coops that lay close to garage walls or sides of homes. You will be stealthy with anything that looks like a potting shed or mower storage.

    Oh, just get pullets. There are no quiet roosters. Someone has a rooster about 1/2 mile from my home. I have never seen it, but have heard it for years & years.

    Best of luck!
  8. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
    As mentioned, many pullets/chickens have to announce to the world that they have laid a daily egg and they do it by screaming: 'Bok, bok, bok BA-BAWKKKK' Over and over and over! It may have something to do with complaining about a sore vent from squeezing out an egg day after day, but it can not be stopped. You can do as some people do and leave them locked inside the coop until after lay time is over (About 2/2:30 pm) but that would be very cruel in the summertime to be locked into a stiffling building. Could also be fatal depending on where you live. You need to bear in mind that the birds need good ventilation year round also and that means that humidity as well as sound can escape.

    Chickens are not nearly as loud as an annoying neighborhood barking dog so your neighbors may be able to sleep through the noise on the weekends. I have read that laying times are from about 10 to 2/2:30, but sometimes mine lay even earlier than 10. Another thing to consider is that some breeds just simply tend towards being more noisy as a rule. What breeds are you working with?

    I think my best suggestion is to just give them a good solid coop with a nice chicken yard and let them live out their chicken lives and if you get complaints, sell the noisier birds and try to replace them with breeds known to be calm and quiet. They still may make the chicken laid-an-egg song.
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Have you seen the stealth coop that it made for a garbage can?
  10. rnbnc1

    rnbnc1 Hatching

    Oct 25, 2008
    I saw a HIDDEN coop in the McMurray Hatchery catalog.

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