Longtime Lurker finally building my coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rekles75, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. rekles75

    rekles75 Just Hatched

    Sep 2, 2016
    Hello all!!

    My wife and I have been interested in getting backyard chicks for a few years now and have finally begun building my coop from a reclaimed wooden swing set that was in my backyard when we bought the house. We are located in GA just south of Atlanta and I have a nice size fenced in backyard. I tore down an old wooden playset and left the 7ft 4x4's that were already concreted in the ground that I plan to use for the chicken run. We have begun building the coop over the last few weeks to get ready for next Springs chicken season.

    I just wanted to introduce myself and share my process and as I have been lurking on this website and forums for a couple of years now. This is my 1st post as I just made an account and I look forward to learning as much as I can from you guys ans this is a new venture for me and I am really excited about the whole process. I will add a post in the coop design area to get some criticism and pointers to make sure I am doing things correctly and I hope you guys guide me in the right direction.

    Thanks again and I look forward to the pointers and info

  2. stellagirl

    stellagirl Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2016
    Ingleside, TX
    I have only had my chickens for about 6 months now, so I am new too. I would love to see your progress and read what others have to say!
  3. blairctchickens

    blairctchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2016
    North East Kansas
    Welcome from NE Kansas!! [​IMG] I had an old swing set I gave a way and now after reading your post should of thought twice about it!!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Derek, and :welcome. Great to have you aboard. Nice that you already had the base for your coop all set. Enjoy your flock and ask any questions you have along the way! :)
  5. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2016
    My suggestion is build as big as you can. The space always looks big until you get it finished and start putting in feeders and waterers and roosting bars. I wish I had space to store my feed barrel inside the coop.
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Little Fuzzy is right... build bigger than you think you need.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Derek, Yes, do build bigger than you think you will need. You may think you only want a certain amount of chickens but, when "chicken math," kicks in you will be getting more and more. Better to have a large coop than adding many additions. BTW rule of thumb is to allow 4-5 sq. feet per bird inside the coop, excluding nest boxes & roosts. Outdoor run should allow 10 sq. feet per bird.

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  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens Derek! I agree with all the above posts! I started out with a 8'x8' coop and now wish it was more like 25'x25'. lol. Creative using a swingset for a coop and all! Good luck and I can not wait to see your progress with it!

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