If at first you don’t succeed!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Andy E 123, Jul 14, 2019 at 8:36 AM.

  1. Andy E 123

    Andy E 123 Chirping

    May 6, 2017
    Ok so my last attempt was pants!!!
    Lots of nice comments but lots of
    It’s too small
    It’s too dark
    Not enough ventilation etc etc
    I have started again and come up with this beauty
    Hopefully will meet my 3 girls requirements!!
    First pic is attempt 1
    Next pics are my new one A2C56BF5-14FB-42D3-803D-16C42AAEF94B.png FDBF34D7-07CE-4263-B73B-DA8FF1C9D494.jpeg CC12E973-BA79-4B21-82A8-7D2E7DC2F8F0.jpeg
  2. Keeperofmunchkins

    Keeperofmunchkins Songster

    Nov 5, 2018
    Birmingham UK
    It looks good but I see two possible issues.
    1. Where are the perches for sleeping? Will the chickens be sleeping on the ladder like structure inside the coop or are there higher perches in the top section I can't see from the pics? The ladder structure inside the coop is exposed from the sides which could be very draughty in the winter.
    2. The top section of the coop appears to be enclosed using chicken wire and the sides of the run are also chicken wire which is not fox proof.
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    You are certainly moving in the right direction!
    How many sq ft is the coop? How many is the run?
    Chicken wire isn't anything proof other than to confine chickens. I would replace all of it with 1/2" hardware cloth attached with either poultry staples, screws with large washers or screwed on strips of wood to protect them from any number of predators.
    They will have an easier time just jumping up into the coop vs using a ladder. If they require something to get up there, I would use a ramp with cleats.
    The lower cleanout doors (actually ALL the doors) should be secured with a hasps and carabiners or double barrel bolts (top and bottom of each door) not twist stops - just about anything could open those.
    How is the nest box door secured?
    What is this coop sitting under? (The chicken wire lined OSB?) Is that a stand alone roof? The 2x4s supporting the OSB are sagging in the middle. If that is a roof and it will have run off coming down near the brick wall, where does the water end up?
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM
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  4. Andy E 123

    Andy E 123 Chirping

    May 6, 2017
  5. Andy E 123

    Andy E 123 Chirping

    May 6, 2017
    Above is the run I built
    The new coop sits inside the run
    In 10 years of having chickens I have never had a problem with foxesi like it anyway
    Too many people on here just picking faults
    I have guttering on the back of the run taking the water into the raised beds behind the coop
  6. to BarbsGirls

    to BarbsGirls Crowing

    May 16, 2018
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  7. Steven Bussell

    Steven Bussell Songster

    May 5, 2019
    I think it's a huge improvement.
    I wouldn't take it personal. I think people are just trying to help you provide your birds with the best setup.
    I have helped build 2plus million dollar homes.
    I made to make last minutes adjustments because I over looked vents because I was more worried about them being cold.
    I have lived in my house now for 12 years and never had seen a raccoon. The night before I was going to let my chick's outside a coon the size of a pickup showed up in my side yard out side my kitchen.
    Heck I was so into looks I bought a $20 latch because it looks great.
    Now its sits in a box in my garage.
    I have to do more adjustments still.
    I don't like being wrong but I would hate to cause harm or death to one of my girls
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019 at 12:17 PM
  8. Andy E 123

    Andy E 123 Chirping

    May 6, 2017
    Hi mate
    Yep I totally get that
    It’s just quite funny that my last attempt was not vented enough too dark etc etc
    Now it’s too draughty etc
    I live in uk
    Foxes defo not a prob in my garden
    In the winter I will cover the meshed areas to stop the draughts
    Thanks for your input
  9. BirdsBeesTrees

    BirdsBeesTrees Crowing

    Mar 10, 2019
    That looks awesome! Great job! :highfive:
  10. Steven Bussell

    Steven Bussell Songster

    May 5, 2019
    You know your area better than anyone. And its easy to see that you do care about your birds. I respect how fast you revamped your coop.
    By the way i love your yard just from what little I can see of it.
    Most of my back yard has a steep hill that I would love to have a goat to keep it clear of weeds.
    But because we are on top of a hill we get 365 days of the year of beautiful sunsets
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