improving my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by HannahinOly, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. HannahinOly

    HannahinOly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so this is the coop i started with. its an old rabbit hutch i got for free off craigslist.

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    and this is the coop and run I'm using now.

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    the coop is 4.5 feet by 3 feet with a run beneath and the run then extends 6x4x4 feet.

    i want to really maximize the number of hens i can keep in my little coop and run. I'm thinking about adding a 1x2 foot external nesting box on the side of the coop you can see in the second photo.

    thoughts on that or any general improvements I can make to my coop? I would love to roof the run as well, I just made it a little tight and havent quite figured that out yet
     
  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boxes on the outside will definitely give more room just make sure the boxes are lower than the roost or they might want to sleep in them.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Could you raise the roof on the coop?
    That would allow you to raise your roost and give room for a roof on the run.

    How many birds do you have in there?
     
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  4. HannahinOly

    HannahinOly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 7 little ones in there, but i think 4-5 of them are roosters!!! lol, such is life when you buy unsexed chicks.

    I'm hoping to have 3 full grown hens? if the coop permitted, 4. I'm going to build them a new fancy larger coop in the spring but just ran out of time this summer :(

    They spend the late afternoons/early evenings free ranging.

    So yes, external nesting box then! I will do it. Should i wait to add it until they're closer to laying age? Theyre about 2 months now.
     
  5. HannahinOly

    HannahinOly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I could raise the roof. Why not. It might look a little funky but its kind of already funky.
     
  6. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You've done a really nice job converting the rabbit cage to a coop. I would add the nesting boxes now. It will give them more room inside the coop, and you'll be ready when they start laying, so they can start laying in the nesting boxe from day one, and you won't have to re-train them. Put some fake eggs in there so they know what the box is for, and they will lay where you want them to.
     
  7. HannahinOly

    HannahinOly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if i put the boxes in now, is it possible they will develop the bad habit of sleeping inside it?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You can block the nest boxes off, while you raise the roof (it doesn't matter what it looks like if it works), until they get close to laying age.
     
  9. HannahinOly

    HannahinOly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you know of any existing threads on here that follow a roof raising project?
     
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  10. HannahinOly

    HannahinOly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went ahead with the external nestbox and roof raising, using mostly found materials from a pile in my garage and some materials from a recycled construction store. So far so good! I'm going to wrap both projects up tomorrow and post photos.

    While I'm working tomorrow, is there anything else I should think about doing?

    My next big renovation to the coop will be changing the bottom from hay to sand.
     

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