Making the coop and run.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CarlyBeales, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. CarlyBeales

    CarlyBeales New Egg

    Feb 11, 2015

    Here you can see the first stage of my project.
    It is an unused ex dog kennel which Im adapting into a coop.
    The whole kennel and run will be the coop itself, although I will need to remove the center wooden panneling that seperates the inside kennel from the run.

    I will be using exterior OSB boards to pannel out the entire unit and create additional floor.
    This will house nest boxes on one side and perches on the other.
    My general idea is to create a framework inside the coop which I can shelve plastic (easy to clean) square bowls. Easy to remove and clean and prevent any wooden nest boxes getting rotten. These will have a wooden beam that runs long each row (2 tiers) for the hens to hop onto.

    As for the enclosed run area.
    I have marked out a 20ft x14ft 6 area which will be grassy and also have corrugated roofing over hear to help with keeping the ground fairly manageable and so the hens dont get too wet and damp.
    The whole area will be enclosed with chicken wire and have guttering around the edging to help run excess water away.

    I shall post the area I have marked out another time.

    Please if you have any tips or thoughts that could be of help pls comment.

  2. CarlyBeales

    CarlyBeales New Egg

    Feb 11, 2015

    Heres the area I have marked for the coop.
    Hope to make this look much better in the next few weeks.

    Another thing, can I mix hybrids to live together?
    I really would like:
    2 Leghorns
    1 Silkie
    2 Rhode Island Reds
    1 Duchess Blue
    Maybe a couple more others that lay very well.

    Also if intend to sell eggs to friends, how many would you consider in a flock?
    Obviously not wanting to over crowd. My initial thought was to start with 6.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. If you have any kind of predators in your area (including cats, dogs, rats, snakes, etc.) I would strongly recommend putting hardware cloth over your wire mesh as their are just too many predators that can either squeeze through the openings in your mesh or reach through them to grab your chickens. You can mix the various breeds together on your list as long as they are approximately the same size, but if you decide to get Silkies, I would recommend keeping them in a separate enclosure from your larger breeds as they will likely take a beating. How many hens you need to sell eggs depends on how many you will keep and use yourself, and how many people you will be selling to. The breeds you are planning on are all good layers with the exception of the Silkies, whose eggs are too small to be of commercial value anyway. We have a family of six and I sell leftover eggs to our neighbors. I currently have 25 hens; all good layers with 7 of them being Black Sex Links, which are egg laying machines. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in finishing your coop and with your flock.
  5. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2014
    Couldn't have said all that better myself. Thank you Michael, you are very helpful to everyone.

    Welcome to BYC Miss Carly.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Michael knows what he is talking about. So I will just say Welcome to Backyard chickens, glad you joined the flock.
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    Great advice by Michael O'Shay. Good luck with your project.

    Nice to have you join us!
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
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    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
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  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Michael OShay has given you some good advice.

    Good luck with the coop building!
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2015

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