How do I build breeder pens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by awesomefowl, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I would like to start a chicken breeding buisness. (I am aware I won't make much money!) But I need a plan to build separated, safe, spacious pens for the different breeds I wish to get. Does anybody have any advice/plans/links/photos to help me? I also don't want to spend 1 million dollars.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My breed list:
    (so far)
  2. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Well, first you have to decide a few things. 1. Do you want fully indoors to prevent sun bleaching, or outdoor runs that are divided. 2. Standards or bantams? Both? 3. On the ground or build on legs/stands? 4. Wire or solid floor? Once you let me know these I will sketch something [​IMG]
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Quote:1. outdoor run.
    2. both, bantams first I guess.
    3. On the ground.
    4. Solid floor.
    Thank you!!! [​IMG]
  4. ndemerly

    ndemerly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Owosso, MI
    I recently purchased some Delawares and built them a seperate 'home'. I think I spent only $40, but then again it was only 3x4 and has yet to be painted. I'm not sure where you plan on placing your coop, but for mine I just made the floor joist system from treated lumber and set that directly on the ground (you may want to set it on patio blocks.). I then did an overhang style roof, so I only had to buy lumber for two walls.
    NOTE: -I already had the shingles
    And I haven't finished the outside. I only used 2x4 for floor joist (Not recommended if you're going to walk in it.)

    You should still be able to build a 10 x 10 coop for maybe under $240.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have two breeding pens on a cement slab. I let one group or the other out every other day to free range a couple of hours before sunset.

    The pens are 4X10 X 4.5ft high with a roost on one side going length wise and one in the middle going spanning the width. I have three nest boxes on the opposite side of the roost on one end that I can get to from the outside. They fit a roo and 4-5 hens nicely.

    I have marans in one pen and polish mixes in the other. My big coop and run are for the W/BW Ameraucanas.
  6. ndemerly

    ndemerly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Owosso, MI
    Quote:Did you pour the slab specifically for your pens? (if yes, did you put bolts and/or sill straps in?)
  7. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
    Quote:Any chance you can share some pictures for us?! purty pwease? [​IMG]

    (I gotta get some built too, so I'm lookin for ideas as well!)
  8. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats


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