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My homemade coop and couple of questions from a newbie :-)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Moony Moon, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Moony Moon

    Moony Moon Hatching

    Sep 11, 2008
    Northampton, England
    Hi all, currently mid-construction of my chicken house.

    Here's some piccys from varying stages, must admit i am very pleased with the progress and it has been slow going (think i have been over thorough), have notched up well over 20 hours now. I am not a master craftsman and have never really done a project like this since i made a pencil pot in school!!

    It seems to be taking an age, only the nesting boxes and the perches to go!










    I have read loads of stuff saying this, that and the other, but i am reading contrasting opinions on the height/qty of roosting bars?

    I am planning on having my bars level with the top of the nesting box, so they will be 10 inches higher....is this too high?

    On the quantity front i am planning on having 6 hens to begin with and was thinking of only having two roosting bars (the house is 1.1m wide)...is this enough?

    Any thoughts / feedback would be appreciated.



  2. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Just lovely - but what are the dimensions of the whole coop?
  3. Moony Moon

    Moony Moon Hatching

    Sep 11, 2008
    Northampton, England

    Approx Dimensions are...

    950H x 1100W x 950D


  4. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Gorgeous!!! I'm so envious!!! What a fabulous looking coop!!
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Nice coop! Are you going to stain it or paint it? I really love the look of it. You should be quite proud [​IMG]

    As for roosting and nesting.... They can roost up high. Mine do. They are about 4 feet off the ground. As for nesting, they lay the eggs right on the bottom of the coop in the corner nesting box, which is on the floor. What they don't like is the higher up nesting box. Roosting high is good. Nesting high is not good.

    Does that help?

    Also, that seems like enough roost space for 6 birds. They all huddle together.
  6. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    wow i love it!
  7. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Nice one! [​IMG]

  8. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I am not a master craftsman

    Could of fooled me, your coop looks great so far. I love the knotty pine look​
  9. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Roost higher then nesting box, but not OVER the nesting box. (roost over nest box - poopy eggs!) [​IMG]
  10. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    That's a great carpentery job,your chicken will be very happy.

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