Looking for Advice on First Chicken Coop/Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BGerrits, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. BGerrits

    BGerrits New Egg

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    Hello everyone!

    This is my first post here in attempt to get started on our first chicken coop. We just purchased our first home and it came with a nice garden shed and enclosed garden. I was wondering if I could get some advice or ideas on where to start on building a coop and what I need to do to the existing garden to make it a functional chicken coop/run.

    - We want to start with 6 egg laying chickens
    - The garden is 24' x 64'
    - The shed has electricity and water
    - We live in Wisconsin

    Below are some pictures of our setup as it sits now to give everyone a better idea of where our starting point is. I look forward to hearing some ideas!

    Thank you!

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  2. BGerrits

    BGerrits New Egg

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    I guess I will just have to do it the old fashioned way! [​IMG]
     
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Slightly more specific questions tend to get a better response. This site has hundreds of coop builds to look at to get some ideas. The fact that your shed has electric/water would make ME want to snug my coop right up next to it so I could take advantage of it without digging trenches.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That's a heck of nice 'shed'....lots of potential there.
    Depending on long range chicken goals, and other uses of 'shed', options are abundant.

    The run not so much. Not sure birds would stay in there, it's open to hawk attack, and alot of predators could probably climb over.
    What are the flags in 'garden run'?
     
  5. BGerrits

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    I guess one question I did have was if I had to cover the top of the run? Water is already plumbed to the garden as well as electricity.

    Not sure on the garden flags. I am sure they were marking out where a particular plant was planted come spring time.

    Basically I think I am just going to put in a coop inside the fenced area, think about putting fencing over the top and see how to go from there.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ohhh, well. You don't have to cover run, but IMO it's good idea.... to keep birds in and hawks out.
     
  7. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may or may not want to raise the walls of the run depending on what predators are in the area. To cover he run, I would be tempted to sink a couple of poles in the center and string aviary netting over the entire thing like a circus tent. Depends on what kind of snowfall you get though as too much building up would tear the netting.
     

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