Modified Purina Henhouse

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickeninthemeadow, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Chickeninthemeadow

    Chickeninthemeadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, we just started working on our coop. I drew up the plans myself, inspired by the Purina Henhouse (http://poultry.purinamills.com/NUTRITIONMANAGEMENT/HenHouseHutchDesign/default.aspx) but modified to fit the size of our flock and to take advantage of the space they will be kept in.

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    We have a shelter attached to a garage (it has 2 walls, we'll be using one of the walls as the back of the coop). I decided to put nesting boxes on both short sides (3 boxes per side) of the 4X8 cause we'll be having around a dozen birds. However, I then saw an open air woods coop and after doing some work in there today, I'm worried about ventilation (cause there was no air moving under the shelter and it was hot). So I may make that side just a giant picture window and possibly double up the nesting space on the other side. The birds will have a large fenced in run, but I'm worried about enough ventilation at night, though, nights are pretty cool even in the heat of the summer here in NC.

    Anyway, I'm doing the floor right now (will be lining it with linoleum using furring strips to secure it to the floor), if you have any suggestions for the rest of the building, let me know.
     
  2. Chickeninthemeadow

    Chickeninthemeadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've got a piece of plywood down there now.
     
  3. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good! can't wait to see the finished coop!
     
  4. Chickeninthemeadow

    Chickeninthemeadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so far today we have made a nice large picture window for the birds. We will be making a cover for it to use in bad weather when/if wind is blowing that direction (which it does occaissionally cause that's why I wanted it there, to help with ventilation. We also got one of the doors done, at least partially, still need to put in my drop door in that door. There is still a lot to do, but for now, we're taking a break.

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  5. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very nice
    keep us posted with more pics as you go
    love it
     
  6. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Making good progress. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chickeninthemeadow

    Chickeninthemeadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    got more word done! still need to do 1 more pop up door, the cover for that giant picture window, the back wall, and the roof!

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    plan to use a bungy to keep this closed better.
     

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