Making my own coop/run. Am I doing it right?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BirdsInParadise, May 21, 2016.

  1. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my run is roughly 40 Sq ft.
    My coop around 10 Sq ft.
    I have quite a large yard for them to cruise in and they will have the run of it.
    I've 2 silkies.
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It sounds ok so far, but have you factored in chicken maths? We all want more chickens - they are addictive little things!

    CT
     
  3. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LoL. I've heard of the addiction. For now, we are set on these 2. A trial run, of sorts. If the time comes where we want more, I've designed the run to be easily added on to as I have PLENTY of space. The coop has been made entirely of scraps n repurposed lumber. If we get more birds I can easily build a larger coop and spend the time (and $$$) on some more "attractive" n spacious digs.
    Time will tell, huh?
    Thanks for the reply!
    P.S.
    Does the coop need to be insulated?
    I'm in So Cal so summers are HOT and winters are rarely sub 30s.
     
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  4. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your coop does not need to be insulated. What you do need is a lot of ventilation for both winter and summer. However, in winter when it's chilly you don't want a breeze blowing directly on your birds. Your vents should be high enough and the roosts low enough. I live in Montana where the summers can be very hot and the winters very cold. My girls live in an uninsulated coop with no heat added. They got through the winter in great shape.
     
  5. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I see. The coop has 1 screened window about 18"x10". There is a 2" gap around 3 sides of the upper frame where the roof sits. I also incorporated 1/2" gap around floor of coop.


    Add more?

    Thanks for reply!
     
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  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    More windows would be good, for light and air. Make sure all openings are covered in hardware cloth, well secured, or bad things will happen! No openings larger than 1/2" anywhere. Two Silkies are too few! Mary
     
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  7. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, Folly! Thanks for the reply.
    I'm actually planning on adding a small skylight to the roof for some more light. The gap I mentioned will be screened in.
    I think I will drill some 2"-3" holes in the upper rear of the back for more vent.
    Thanks again!
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My Coop
    Is it in the shade?
     
  9. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sun most of the day.
    Although I had thought of building a possible canopy over the coop+run.
    Thoughts?
     
  10. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
    if you have neighbors 20-30ft away.. all those windows and ventilation holes might backfired at night.

    One of my neighbors has glass wall for their bathroom, while all of them have flood lights in their backyard.

    My chickens can not sleep when they have those lights on. I have to cover up the sides of the coop (without blocking the ventilation gap+holes) for the night.
     
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