It's Done!! Not Near as Nice as Others on the Forum but It's Done

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beerguzzler, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler Out Of The Brooder

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    I had fun building it but now I wait for eggs. My birds were purchased at 6 months old (supposedly) and I have had them for 3 weeks but no eggs yet [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, I cannot get them stop roosting in the nesting boxes. I tried sealing them off for a week, golf balls, etc. The pick shoes the roost low and I have moved it up higher then the nesting boxes but that did not work either. I guess I am going to have to live with poo eggs when they do come.

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    I built a PVC feeder with the knowledge gained from reading on this forum. Thanks for the help!!!

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  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    I think it's really nice.

    My only question is if you will eventually reinforce the chicken wire with some stronger wire such as hardware cloth? There are a lot of stories around here about predators just ripping the chicken wire into shreds. Also, does that wire go underground or can something easily dig under it?

    I think the chickens may be roosting in the nest boxes because they feel less exposed, warmer and safer in there (although I know you're in TX).
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try putting a high roost in there and maybe they will like sleeping on that rather than the nest boxes, worked great for me.
     
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    I don't know what ur talking about, that thing is nice!!! Apparently you haven't seen my setup....LOL!!!

    One quick note: Are u gonna reinforce with something other than chicken wire??? A coon or other predator would slice through chicken wire like butter....
     
  5. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    I dig the PVC feeder, nice idea! I am going to have to try that in my coop area.
     
  6. whatsup chickenbutt

    whatsup chickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh my gosh, that is so nice!
     
  7. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Is there wire above the door? That would be a very good place for a predator to get in.

    NICE COOP!
     
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  8. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you did a fantastic job on that thing, well done!

    I like your feeder, and have been thinking about building one of those. Is it working well for you, and is that 3" PVC you used?
     
  9. whatsup chickenbutt

    whatsup chickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [[[I think the chickens may be roosting in the nest boxes because they feel less exposed, warmer and safer in there (although I know you're in TX).[[[

    I agree, what if you put a cover over the roosts? I wonder if that would encourage them to roost there.
     
  10. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler Out Of The Brooder

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    Are u gonna reinforce with something other than chicken wire??? - I had not planned on it but enough people are saying I should so I am now thinking about it.

    Is there wire above the door? - Yes, there is wire above the door

    Also, does that wire go underground or can something easily dig under it? - I layed wire on the floor and attached it to the sides. If something tries to go under, it will be under the wire.


    Is it working well for you, and is that 3" PVC you used? - I need to slant it a bit more. I used 4" with 2-45 degree elbows to give it a better "flow." It works well but as noted, a bit more slant and it will be perfect.

    what if you put a cover over the roosts? - Good idea and easy too.
     

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