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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RM44, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    One minute I am resisting mightily the prospect of building a new chicken house, and the next minute we are discussing what kind of wallpaper to put up in the nesting area. I am not so gullible as to think I could have won that argument, but she turned me so deftly my head is still spinning. Sigh.

    The new abode is going to be 10' x 10' with double doors on the front (to facilitate future use as a garden shed), a chicken run small sliding door, a window or two, and a separate side entrance. The run will be 26' x' 10' x 6' tall, all chain link with an external gate and top cover screening.

    The basic construction is going to be a pole building with a framed floor, shed roof, T-111 siding, and electricity.

    The new chicks hit the street in mid Feb, so I got my work cut out for me.

  2. SallyF

    SallyF Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Oooh, oooh! Have your DW email me her arguments so I can use them! I have a DH whose head I'm trying to spin as we speak.
  3. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    With it being 10 x 10 you should be able to house 25 chooks in there at the min 4 sq ft / chook . You might want to consider adding hardware cloth to the bottom 2 or 3 ft of your fence. Will prevent coons from reaching thru to dismember your chooks. And yes, they do that in daylight hours too and even will do a tag-team on a pen. I would do some anti-tunneling protection too and have a fence charger to boot. I love my fence-charger because it 'educates' curious preds and they are not likely to come back looking for weaknesses or ways in to slaughter my chooks.[​IMG]
  4. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    Well, there was food involved. The quickest way to a man's heart is still Chuck Norris' fist, but the second quickest way involves food.

    The Evil Chicken Queen has scored again, but her methods were unfair; imagine tempting me with a steak. How low can she go? Is there no level she won't stoop to in order to get a new chicken house?

    The ECQ won this round, but next time I'll be stronger. Unless, you know, there's some apple pie involved.

  5. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    hahahahaha!!!!!!! Wallpaper? thats fantastic!
  6. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    That is good advise about the buried wire; raccoons are the enemy.

    These chicks will really be living high on the hog, we are only keeping about 12 of them (it started out we were only keeping 7 or 8, but that's another sad story)

  7. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Quote:You THINK you will ONLY be keeping ABOUT 12 of them(evil laugh). Funny, that's what my husband thought when we started our chicken keeping venture! WE are now the proud owners of 36 VERY spoiled and well kept birds!
    I tip my hat to your ECQ!

  8. Casey3043

    Casey3043 Songster

    This intrigues me! What kind of wallpaper would be suitable for a nest box area? Puffy pink and blue clouds with little yellow chicks among them? Or a pattern of handsome roosters?

    Sounds like special order to me.

  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Please DO post pics of the wallpaper you choose. [​IMG] You could put up a panel of clear plastic sheet over the wall paper to protect it from projectile pooping and picking peckers that will want to try to eat whatever is printed on there... lol
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010

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