interior design - help! what would you do with a 'blank slate'??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jmp-pdx, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. jmp-pdx

    jmp-pdx Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an empty 4x8 shed. The 4' side has a door and it's tall enough to walk inside comfortably (picture it as a giant box).

    Need some help designing the interior for easy cleaning!!

    Also, what should I put on the floor? It's currently just plywood

    Planning on water/feed in the run, thanks!!!!!!
     
  2. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, here are some ideas that will make cleaning so much easier:
    Removable roosts - you can take them out to scrub clean
    Poop board - Don't have to clean out shavings as often, able to quickly scoop out/scrape off droppings
    Glassboard/laminate floor - more durable than just plywood and can be hosed down if need be


    I know you said that you want to feed and water outside, but IMO it is better to have that in the coop. Chickens wake up super early - ive seen my girls out at like 4:00 in the morning. It would be better to have feed and water in the coop so when they wake up, they can eat/drink right away. That way they wont have to wait a couple of hours for you to wake up and let them out to eat/drink. That's just my opinion but its up to you.
     
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You could just keep the plywood for now, perhaps painted and covered with pine shavings.
    Another option for the floor is a sheet of HDPE. It comes in 4X8. Here's a sheet for 20+ bucks. That's probably cheaper than vinyl flooring.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/HD-Polyethy...617?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b93bc199

    Make your roosts higher than the nest boxes and arrange so the chickens don't have to walk under the roosts to get to the nests.
     
  4. jmp-pdx

    jmp-pdx Out Of The Brooder

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    great, thanks! I leave the door open so they can go out as soon as they get up... but I plan on doing a PVC feeder and they're small so it wouldn't be a problem to put it inside. Right now they're in a small A frame prebuilt thing I got off craigslist, so they'll be in chicken heaven in a 4x8 setup!
     
  5. jmp-pdx

    jmp-pdx Out Of The Brooder

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    good advice, thanks! didn't think of that. And that is cheaper than linoleum. I'm going to watch CL for a week, but so far there's nothing there...

    I'm thinking of two 6' roost bars on the long wall and 2-3 nest boxes (not sure where) plus the PVC feeders. Am I forgetting anything?? :)
     
  6. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright. Im sure they'll love it!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What about predators?

    Think about how they will get down from the roost without flying into a wall, 4x8 isn't that big.
    My coop's 6 feet wide, roosts about 3 feet high and I had to put in ramps, which take up floor space.

    Might be better to put the roosts on the 4 foot wall, so they have 8 feet(well, 6 feet) to fly down.
    Nests and poop board under roosts maybe.

    How many birds you plan on keeping in there?
     

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