My chicken coop and pen.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ottoman, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Ottoman

    Ottoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The roof hangs over the back of the coop to give a dry storage space. And I put a gutter and 55gal barrel to catch rain water, to water my Chickens.
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    Rain water chicken water

    Items needed;
    55gal barrel
    water faucet
    2 rubber washers
    2 metal washers
    2 flat Nut
    rain gutter with 2 caps, & drain spout
    wire screen
    self chicken water
    Length of hose with female threads fittings at both ends.
    2 concert blocks


    Instructions;
    Drill a whole the diameter of the threads of the faucet, 5 inches from the bottom of the 55gal barrel. Insert metal washer and then rubber washer on faucet, insert faucet through the hole in 55gal barrel. On the threads of the faucet that is inside the barrel place the rubber washer then the metal washer. Next tighten the nut on the threads of the faucet.
    In other words it should be: insert metal washer, rubber washer on faucet threads. next; insert faucet into hole drilled five inches from bottom of barrel. Now; insert rubber washer, metal washer, on faucet threads that is sticking thought hole in barrel. Tighten nut onto faucet threads, this should seal your barrel from leaking and you should have a faucet sticking out of your barrel five inches from the bottom of barrel.

    Put up gutter on your Chicken coop just as you would for your home. [This is very easy to do.]

    Place your barrel on concert blocks under your gutter drain spout. Place the screen over top of barrel and saucer it with bungee straps so it will not come off. [This is to keep out bugs and leafs from the barrel.]

    Connect water hose to faucet and to auto water. Fill barrel and your good to go.
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    In this photo you’ll see a side access door
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    The floor in my coop is about 3 foot off the ground, and is a small gauge wire to keep snakes and other predators out, and the poop fall to the ground where I can shovel it up. It also makes it cooler in the summer and with a layer of hay makes it warm in the winter.
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    This photo is the pen, self water, and the Chickens around there feeder.
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    In this photo is the nesting box access doors.
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    This is on of my girls
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  2. La Banan

    La Banan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Ottoman - cool water barrel - that is using your noggin!

    I like your coop and your girls too.
    jan la banan
     
  3. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Yeah, a barrel like that would be great for my coop too! And how about that rooster checking things out......looks like the local building inspector with a smile on his face!! Great Job!
     
  4. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice!
    How many chickens do you house in there?
     
  5. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am interested in something like this myself. I have some questions about mosquito's however. How do you keep the mosquito larvae out of the water. I have heard to drop goldfish in there...but would the goldfish waste be bad for the chickens to drink? We have an aweful mosquito problem here in NC I can only imagine you have the same in Fla
     
  6. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the rain barrel is a great idea [​IMG] ! the coop look great!
     
  7. Ottoman

    Ottoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The screen keeps out the mosquito, the gold fish waste don’t hurt the chickens [see what chickens eat, lol] but the waste clogs the small hole in the automatic water. I have used 3 table spoons of bleach before and that don’t hurt the chickens, or for a more natural way use vinegar. this kill the larva. But I have found that the screen works.
     
  8. Ottoman

    Ottoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There not 4 months old yet. But right now there are 8 rosters and 7 hens. But in another month there will be 7 hens 1 roster.[​IMG]
     
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  9. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice coop! I think that rain barrel idea is something I am going to check into.....my faucet is too far away. Great job!
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  10. winniegirl

    winniegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Ottoman, great water barrel setup!!
    I've been asking for one all summer. About how many
    "Husband Hours" does that take??
     

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