My New COOP!!!!! What does everyone think??????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BrackenFarms, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Back right... In this shot you can see on the right is my trap door to clean out under the roost. And on the left is a smaller door framed out for access to a future run.
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    Interior shot of Nest boxes and slanted roost.
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    Nest boxes made of western cedar and lined with coastal bermuda hay because it is softer. Special thanks to riddles feed and seed easley sc for the hay
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    Slanted roost covered with 1x1 chicken wire to keep my buddies out of their litter.and you can see the trap door as well... I used moutain laurel limbs for the roost pole to give more natural feel. I also used a 6 inch riversand base to make clean up easier and to create a giant dust bath.
    Well thats my coop i hope to one day accommodate up to 15 hens. Feel free to ask questions and/ or give comments
     
  2. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    Great job! I love it and the fact that it isn't COVERED WITH SNOW! [​IMG]
     
  3. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Wish i had some snow... then i could try out this new board lol Thanks again
     
  4. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a nice coop you built! I like the cedar. It gives the coop a neat rustic look to it. Should weather well too.

    Two suggestions: First, your nest boxes seem a little high. Aren't the nest boxes supposed to be lower than the roosts? Second, if you have certain predators, the chicken wire on the right side may not be enough to keep them out.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i'm thinking you have some lucky chooks!
     
  6. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah thats titanium chicken wire (predator proof haha Just kidding) im hoping to not have too many predators. Thanks to my fathers 25 lb killer cats haha... And the nest boxes how far off the ground should they be????
     
  7. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Proverbial wisdom [​IMG] states that the nest boxes should be lower than the roosts, because the chickens will want to sleep on the highest level possible.
    I've used 19 gauge, 1" chicken wire on my run; it's tough stuff, and I've had absolutely no problem with varmints so far.
    I like the look of your set-up. Is the coop open to the run? If so, you must live in a warm area. The small door to clean up under the roost is a great idea...you've done a great job! I hope the chickens appreciate your hard work.

    Carla
     
  8. bdp7150

    bdp7150 Out Of The Brooder

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    MayorB.85 :

    Yeah thats titanium chicken wire (predator proof haha Just kidding) im hoping to not have too many predators. Thanks to my fathers 25 lb killer cats haha... And the nest boxes how far off the ground should they be????

    I MADE MINE START AT 12" INCHES OFF FLOOR AND GO FROM THERE IF YOU KEEP THEM THAT HIGH IN YOUR PIC YOU MIGHT WANT TO BUILD A CHICKEN LADDER SO THEY CAN SEE THE FAKE EGGS AND GET TO THEM EASIER.​
     
  9. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    Nice coop!!! [​IMG]

    Lower those nest boxes though...they're too high. The roosts should be higher than the nestboxes. Or they'll start to prefer sleeping in the nestboxes.
     
  10. conroy

    conroy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MayorB.85 :

    Yeah thats titanium chicken wire (predator proof haha Just kidding) im hoping to not have too many predators. Thanks to my fathers 25 lb killer cats haha... And the nest boxes how far off the ground should they be????

    I would love to see a pic of a 25 lb cat....​
     

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