My New Coop w/pics. Almost done!

maclady

Songster
8 Years
Jan 28, 2011
288
2
117
Lost in Space
Ok. I a chicken newbie. Have 4 BO chicks in a brooder in garage right now. I am building their coop with help from my husband. Let me know what you think of what I have done please. I still have to put the roost inside, the chicken ramp for them to get in and out & have to build their run. I think the run will be the easy part. Am I correct in that I need to use a 2x4 for the roost? or will a 2x2 work? Thank you in advance for any ideas/advice. Oh yeah, the coop is 4'x4' so 16 sq feet inside and then 3 ft of head room. I figured for the 4 sq ft per standard BO. Run will be 10-14 sq ft per BO. Here are the pics. Hope this works:D
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CathyM

Songster
8 Years
Jan 27, 2011
395
3
129
It looks great!! I'm also a new chicken owner, so I am no expert, but it certainly looks strong and roomy and well protected from rain! One hint I can give is to be aware of how rain might get in... I ended up dealing with soggy bedding on days when the rains blew sideways in the doors and vents.
 

Mervin

Songster
9 Years
Jan 25, 2010
621
6
121
Central Pennsyltucky
They will roost on 2x2. Some folks, like me, use 2x4 due to colder climates. With a 2x2 they can wrap their toes around. With a 2x4, laid flat, they're less able to wrap their toes around and will do a better job of covering them when the hunker down for the night. At least, that's the theory.
 

gotweim

Chirping
8 Years
Jan 25, 2011
127
1
99
Romeo, MI
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I never even thought of a roost in the run until one day I had the wagon in there to clean out the coop! They were all over it! The wheel, the handles, etc...I couldn't them out of it to clean up! lol!!
I looked around my barn to see what I had for them and found a couple of old pot stands in varies heights that I wasn't using anymore and arranged them in a jungle-gym fashion!! They have a blast on them!!
 

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