My first coop, anything obviously wrong?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sharpy101, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. sharpy101

    sharpy101 New Egg

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    Hi all,

    After years of persistence from my wife, I finally gave in and built a coop for our chickens, and to my delight I now can't get enough of learning about chickens, and seem to be spending much more time with them that I would have thought a year or two ago.

    OK, so asking for advice once I've already built the coop is kind of backward, I would have been better off asking beforehand, but if there's anything that needs to be fixed now, I'm still in building mode, and would love the feedback.

    I'll add a few pictures of the coop so far, and some progress shots for anyone else interested in building something similar.
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    I'm also wondering how many chickens it'd be suited for also?
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nice!

    Roosts should be higher than nests..or they'll roost in nests and poop them up.

    What are the dimensions? Rule of thumb is minimum 4 sqft coop and 10 sqft run per bird.

    Put your location in your profile, will help folks advise.
     
  3. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice! Glad to see you used hardware cloth [​IMG] .
     
  4. sharpy101

    sharpy101 New Egg

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    Thanks Aart, I'm from Tasmania, Australia. The coops around 4ft x 7ft, the runs 7ft x 9ft. I have found the chickens(3) rather the nesting boxes, and have added another roost above the two pictured, however they haven't used it as yet. I may need to cover the boxes for a few nights to get them to move.....they seem so comfortable in the boxes though. Thanks again.
     

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