My first coop (tractor)!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MPLSHens, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. MPLSHens

    MPLSHens In the Brooder

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    This is my first coop! I got the design idea from robocoop.com. The top and back open up. Right now, I am working on taking out the chicken wire and putting in 1/2" hardware cloth. How does it look? What can I do to make it better? It is 4' by 8' and 2' tall.

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    And closer:
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    Also, I was wondering when the best time to move the chicks into it is? It hasn't been the warmest summer here in minneapolis, but it has been in the mid 80's.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  2. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

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    The pictures arent showing up, just a big red X. As for the chicks, I would think once they start getting their feathers in they would be alright. Not really sure how old they are, but you could always put a light in there for them. I have the problem of it being too hot, so maybe someone use to the colder weather could help you out more.
     
  3. MPLSHens

    MPLSHens In the Brooder

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    Right now they are a little over a week and a half old! Do the pictures work now?
     
  4. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

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  5. muddypuddles

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    yes they are showing up fine. I think 1 and a half weeks is too young to go without a heat light . you can do a search and find out the temperature to keep chicks at at that age.
     
  6. Holly O

    Holly O Songster

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    I believe it's 80 - 85 deg. at this time. A heat source may be required.
    I put mine outside with a heating pad at that age. But it was early spring then. they will let you know if they are cold. they will huddle together and Cheep like crazy.

    Cute tractor BTW
     
  7. CityChook

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    Is there a floor? If there isn't, you'll want to bury hardware wire all they way around the coop/run to keep critters from digging in. If the desire is to move it around, then consider an apron that folds OUT from the structure. Also consider how you will keep snow/water out this winter/spring.

    My feeling is that your chicks shouldn't go outside until they have all their feathers, around 4-6 weeks old.
     

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