My new coop and run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mahonri, May 14, 2008.

  1. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Here is an outside pic of my coop with the run I just added. I have a small back yard so this is right in the corner.

    The coop is a 10X12 and I'm hoping I have room for 19 in it. I may need to give a couple away or if I have roosters... I'll have dinner.

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    You can see the skylight on the left. I also have two windows on on the left and one at the back.

    It's warm/hot here so I have a fan hooked up to the vent that you can see above the door... it's hooked to a timer to run from 11AM to about 1AM. The brooder light comes on at 7PM and goes off at Noon when it starts to really get warm. I open the windows in the day and close them at night.

    On the right you can see where I can open to get into the 8 nest boxes.
     
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  2. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    That's a neat look house; any chance of seeing some pictures of the interior?
     
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  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've got to take some more pics that work.

    Here is from the outside looking at some of the nest boxes with the "door" open.

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    I put linoleum on the floor. It makes it really nice for cleanup! I bought a soft wire brush on a handle that really sweeps up the poop nicely and then of course I'll be using a mop from time to time.

    Here is a pic of the back left corner... I have three layers of roosts... two are parrallel, one diagonal and higher.. you can just see the upper two here.
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  4. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Super nice! Aren't the 2x4's used for perching supposed to be turned so that they roost on the 3 1/2" side so that they can squat easily and cover their feet on bitter-cold nights in the winter?
     
  5. CritterHill

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    Hey, I love it! Skylight and linoleum are great touches.

    Another vote for more interior pics!
     
  6. POC

    POC In the Brooder

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    Looks great.
    One thing you might consider is putting a thermostat in to regulate the on/off times of the light and fan.
    You could also put some vents near the floor on the back that have louvers and screen so they only open when the fan comes on.

    Just ideas.

    Patrick
     
  7. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

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    Love your coop. Being about to access the eggs from the outside is a great idea. Are you free ranging the birds for the most part or will you expand the run as they get older? I'm confused about the two chicken doors. [​IMG]
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I had a friend helping me. He did the outside doors. The one on the right was first... , then we made the door in the correct spot. If I ever decide I can free range them, I have a door.

    I've got to take the camera out to get some more pics.
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My chicks at 4 weeks[​IMG]

    I'm trying to get a recent one to upload.
     
  10. gumpsgirl

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    You did an outstanding job there, Mahonri! [​IMG]
     

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