Medium Coop Build Thread

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by EquiSally, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. EquiSally

    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I've been lurking on the BYC for years and finally have something to post. This is my coop building thread, I'll be updating as we go along. I'll give some stats and just run with it from there.
    Location: Lorena, TX.
    Space to work with: If I had to guess, we have about an acre in the backyard that is shared between the chickens, our 3 dogs, and the garden.
    Coop Size: 8'6"x8'6"
    Run Size: Maybe 8'6"x16' or bigger if I can convince the SO to go that way. If I can put in an automatic coop door that can be relied upon to close every evening, we are considering electric poultry netting for a rotational "pasture" system. I am comfortable with electric because our three horses live in a nicely electrified pasture with mini paddocks that can be rotated.
    Type: Dirt Floor, Walk In
    Important features: Lots of ventilation and predator proofing.

    I'm sure there is more, I'll add some later.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Always an exciting time when you start on a new coop! Are you building a walk-in style?
     
  3. EquiSally

    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, walk in, I grew up with one and I'm sick of contorting myself to work in the girls current small coop.
     
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    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are the ladies, enjoying a snack, ready for appropriately sized new digs.
     
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    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop and run will be far back in one of the few shaded spots in the yard. The family came to help.
     
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    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My FIL was a godsend, helped us square everything.
     
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    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Posts are in the ground, yay! It took a rock bar to get them there, and the SO who is way stronger than I am, but I am so happy!
     
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  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Awesome progress and kudos to your FIL - my own FIL has proven invaluable during our most recent coop build. What a great location for your girls' new digs!
     
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    EquiSally Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! We have to let the concrete set before the next go round. Which works out, as Darrin works nights all week, and I can't do this without him. Well, I could, but not as well. [​IMG]
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'll follow along...looking good so far!
     

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