Ideas for coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FarmGirlNE, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. FarmGirlNE

    FarmGirlNE Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm starting to plan out building my coop..... I moved off the farm in Nebraska, and am renting from my dad in MS, and he said I could have chickens, which I plan to get in the spring.... figured since we don't have much of a winter here, hopefully I could get the coop built before our cold weather starts... so it will be ready in the spring when I get the chickies...

    I'm planning to breed the chickens, hoping to use it for some extra income selling chicks and eggs (along with giving me the enjoyment of having critters again [​IMG] ), so I thought I'd start small, maybe 4 or 5 breeds of chickens, plus a larger area for guineas and turkeys (haven't decided if I want the guineas and turkeys in together or not though).

    What's the best way to do this? I can't free-range them here, way too many predators, and am also right on the highway. So I thought a long coop, with the pen attached, divided into sections for each breed... access to each coop from the pen maybe? where I could go into the pen, then get into the coop?

    My dad will help me build it, and he's great with wood working/carpentry, but knows nothing at all about chickens or how a coop should be built.... so I'd love to hear ideas from y'all.

    Also, what is the recommended amount of space per chicken/guinea/turkey? it will probably be built larger than needed to allow for adding more critters, and also because I don't like the idea of them being penned up, would like them to have extra room....
     
  2. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Lisa, I know this is off topic from your question, but thank you for those eggs. This lil showgirl is the most darling little thing you ever have seen. [​IMG]
    She backs up constantly trying to get away from me, she will be a terror to catch when she is a little older. [​IMG]
    Jill
     
  3. FarmGirlNE

    FarmGirlNE Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL Jill, I did see pics you posted of her.... and I wouldn't call her "darling" [​IMG] but I bet she'll be pretty when she's older, if she ever gets out of her "ugly stage" [​IMG]
     
  4. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, ok, maybe I am prejudiced and unobjective. [​IMG]

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  5. FarmGirlNE

    FarmGirlNE Out Of The Brooder

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    lol I do think she's kinda cute in her own little way... just a bit um, scruffy.... [​IMG]
     
  6. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am bumping this back up cuz I didnt mean to hijack her thread asking about coop space, etc.
    Jill
     
  7. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone on here has the type of coop you are talking about. But I can't find the page that had all the pictures of the coops people had. It was nice to look through the posts and see everyone coop without having to go to each personal page. Maybe the person who has the coop will post so you can see it.
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Here's a post that has alot of our coops.

    Hope this helps!

    Dawn
     
  9. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
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  10. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Dawn, your modified chick-n-barn ROCKS! We bought one just because yours looks so cool. Of course, ours does not look anywhere near as nice as the one you've fancied up.
     

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