Look at my Mini Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicken_angler, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    I am currently building a mini coop to house some battery hens if I do get them. It is going up fast, consider ing it is not a huge coop. It is going to have that white wavy plastic roofing on the top. It is going to have slots on the sides for air circulation. Do you guys see any flaws on my design? [​IMG]

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  2. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like you know what you're doing.
     
  3. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    so good so far [​IMG]
     
  4. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    Well I am only 12 and I have done this whole thing by myself. My dad likes to build things so I just took what I learned over the years by helping him and now I am good at it!
     
  5. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Sorry about the blurry pictures. It is in my dads garage and we have a fiberglass door that the light shines through.
     
  6. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't it a bad thing to cramp "battery chickens" up in a tiny space?
    See:
    http://www.animal-lib.org.au/subjects/subjects/chickens--battery.htm
    http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/egg-battery.html

    I never heard of it so I found the above articles on the .
    internet and they say many horrible things about the practice of cramming birds together in a tiny space called raising "battery chickens"

    Please explain.

    PS With regard to any design suggestions which you requested, IMO opinion it should allow at least 4 square feet per bird. So that box could house only one bird at most IMO. Even with one bird it would not allow them any quality of life.
     
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  7. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest that if you are rescuing some battery hens from their overcrowded conditions, could you provide them with a more enjoyable 'retirement'? Shoot for 4 square feet per hen, minimum and give them some outdoor space. A 4x3 foot enclosure could be a good home for 3 hens

    It may just be in my head, but happy hens lay better eggs [​IMG]
     
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  8. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Sorry i didnt give the dimensions. It is about 3 by 3 by 3 and I am only getting 1or 2 hens. It is also going to have a added run off the side. Thanks for the quick replies!
     
  9. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only thing I owuld do different- other than maybe make it bigger if possible- is use smaller mesh wire to help make it more predator proof-I have a tiny coop with a little run I made myself ( sort of) and it is tiny. But it is perfect for a broody banty mom and a few babies. WHen mom is ready to move out the babies can stay a while still. it is small enough for me to pick up and move every easliy
     
  10. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    In the picture it may look small but it is pretty big and from the research I have done it will be enough room for 1 or 2 hens. Also they will only be in this a week. After that they will be going into my bigger coop that is 7 by 10 by 8 with a 8 by 10 by 5 run
     

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