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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Suziers, May 4, 2009.

  1. Suziers

    Suziers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a first time chicken owner and my husband and I have been designing and building our first coop. We fenced in the run this weekend and it is almost finished. I thought I would share our progress....

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    Instead of burying the chicken wire 12 inches under ground we folded it it outward 12-15 inches and laid the sod back down on top of it with an additional 2-3 inches of soil. So it is buried about 5-6 inches under.
     
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice! Are the shingles slate? How many chickens are you going to get?
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Now that's interesting - the "door" or "wall" that opens for cleaning appears to actually have the nest boxes built right into the door - am I seeing this correctly?
     
  4. Suziers

    Suziers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you-

    The shingles are cedar shake (left over from a recent addition on our home).

    And yes the nesting boxes are on the 'door' that opens to clean the coop. I will also be able to lift open the lid of the nesting boxes to gather eggs.

    I have 5 chicks at the moment. They are 5-6 weeks old. 2 BO, 1 RIR, 1 BR and one Austrolorpe.
     
  5. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice! What is the purpose of the small grid wire at the bottom of the run?
     
  6. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Very nice coop and cool design.
     
  7. Suziers

    Suziers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The main purpose for the small grid was that the large grid did not reach below the soil line and I needed it below the surface to keep predators from digging under. So I needed to overlap at the bottom to allow fencing below the ground. The secondary reason for choosing the smaller grid to overlap instead of the same size is I have small dogs who have been reaching into the chicks pen. The chicks seem fearless and run up to greet whoever shows up at the fence-the smaller grid keeps my dogs from reaching in and harming the chicks.
     
  8. chickens3

    chickens3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should have put chicken wire on the bottom of the coop that way you do not have to clean the board all the time.
     

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