Looking Back

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Anny, May 1, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Looking back, what are some things you would have changed when you originally build your coop?

    Is there anything you are not happy about your coop, or things you HAVE already changed?
  2. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    I am still working on mine. We are converting my playhouse from when I was a kid to a coop. Working pretty well. Used old boards we found in our barn. They are really warped so the door on pen #1 doesnt close very easily. I wouldve splurged and bought new wood 4 the doors and frames. Scrap wood works great everywhere else.
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Anny, you are going to see my response on your "cold Winter" thread. Pictures of my coop are on my BYC page.

    I made the coop about 10 years ago with 3 ideas in mind.

    One, if I ever moved, the coop was going into my pickup and it was coming with me.

    Two, that there needed to be a well-insulated room as protection from the Winter cold.

    Three, that I was going to populate the coop with pigeons, quail and bantams.

    Since the insulated room is only 3 1/2' by 7 1/2', it's rather tight for the standard chickens I once again purchased after having raised them in the past. They range around the backyard a lot and I just couldn't bring myself to trust banties.

    It would also sure be nice if I had more room for my big feet [​IMG]. I suppose that I should NOT have outdoor and indoor rooms and just made the 7' by 7 1/2' structure one room, without the dividing wall. But then, I probably would need to heat the larger room in the Winter. [​IMG]! I'm fortunate that I don't need to do that the way it is now.

  4. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    vinel flooring... sooo much easer to clean off than wood. and bigger gauge wire... the poops get bigger and bigger..lol
  5. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    schmooborp, just wondering but what size is the wiring your are using right now ? (so I know NOT to use it ;-) )

    Thank you guys so much for all your help.
  6. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    We had 2 old coops made from storage sheds ( one is 8 x 16 and the other 12 x 16) We just tore down the larger one and are going to rebuild a new one.
    Things that the new one will have that neither had:
    1. Windows
    2. Roofline ventilation
    3. Cleanout doors
    4. Roosts above a shelf for easier cleaning.
    5. Cement floor
    6. More electric outlets (will be at ceiling level)
    7. A 2 ft overhang outside to protect windows and vents from weather.
  7. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Bucks County
    Newchickmom--love the idea of clean out door, shelving below the roosts, and additional outlets. I will keep those things in mind as mine is built. Vinyl flooring sounds like a good idea too schmooborp. Thanks.
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Bigger... bigger... bigger!!!
  9. harvey

    harvey In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Florida
    BIGGER........feeders, water, roosts ect. take up lots of room. Vinyl flooring would be good along with pans under the roosts.
  10. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    right now im using 1/2 inch x 1 inch... would deffinatly want to go with like... at LEAST 1x1 inch.. or bigger..lol.. but not to big that the feet will falll thru..lol hope that helps

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