Making use of the old Quail Coop for chicken?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by feather and mountain man, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    We have an old quail coop that has been used for storage for the last 8yrs. I would like to make use of this building for my chickens next year.

    So my concerns are is there any danger of disease being left over from the quail after 8 yrs?

    Plus their is quite a lot of mold/mildew from the chicken wire being covered with plastic. How can I get rid of mold and will this harm my hens?

    Plus we need to work on making sure there is better drainage of run off water. We are reworking the ditch to direct the runoff water away from the building. But I was wanting to know if I could use peagravel instead of wood shavings for litter?[​IMG]
     
  2. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    I have also thought about just concreting the floor.
     
  3. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    From a disease standpoint, there would be more of a problem going from chickens to quail than the other way around. Chickens carry diseases that quail don't have any immunity to. I'd just give it a good clean and have at it!
     
  4. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Can you post pics of the coop? It might give us a better idea of what would work.
     
  5. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    I'll try but just remember its rough looking right now.
     
  6. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    I need to know how to add the img?
     
  7. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    Ok I how this gives you all an idea of what I am working with.

    Please keep in mind this is where we are storing un-needed items. Kinda messy:oops:
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    not rotted or anything structurally wrong
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    mold on the ground
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    shelving on back and side wall
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    Last edited: Jan 26, 2011
  8. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    Can't anyone give me a lil guildance please:confused:
     
  9. Chicken0Boy

    Chicken0Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have no idea what to tell you [​IMG] , but I thought I would give you a bump... [​IMG] Hope I helped! It does look like you could work some magic with it though! [​IMG]
     
  10. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Once you get the drainage issue sorted, I think that will make a great space for your chickens. From what I can tell, you'll need to add roosting poles, and I would definitely try to get rid of the mold. Are you going to build a fenced run around the coop, so your birds will have outdoor space?

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