needed: coop critique

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cptbahama, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted this thread yesterday regarding henhouse questions. I don't think I was very clear in describing my coop set up so I am posting some pics. Some of my questions were answered but I still have a few questions after the pics. I would like to hear your critique. Be gentle [​IMG]

    we chose this location but first had to remove the brick mess the previous owners left for us
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    we buried two layers of chicken wire
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    leveling the blocks was the hardest part
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    worked until dark saturday
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    the brace pieces in the shape of an "A" for my daughter's name...
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    had fun with the door
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    The chicken wire is buried under 2" of hard packed clay. I am getting two cubic yards of sand to put on top of the hard packed clay. I'll throw in some mulch and gravel as well.
    Outside dimensions of the coop are 6' wide x 12' long x 6' high with a 22" wide door.
    The henhouse will be elevated inside the coop. You can see the plywood in one of the last pics. That plywood is going to be the floor of the henhouse. The henhouse will be 6' wide x 5' long or deep x 3' tall. Obviously I'm not finished yet but the henhouse will have
    plywood sides with large vents cut near the top and windows on 3 sides. A large 6' wide by 3' tall door will open to the back of the henhouse and accessible from outside the coop. Another door will open to the front of the henhouse accessible only from inside the coop. I'll add two roosts and two nest boxes inside the henhouse and two roosts outside in the coop (or run whatever you choose to call it). The entire outside of the coop will be fenced with 1" vinyl coated 16 gauge welded wire fencing from academy fence. I know some of you tout the half inch mesh but I don't want that. Whatever snakes get by the cat will fall victim to snake shot.
    Finally the coop will be covered with galvanized metal roofing, equipped with a gutter leading to the woods because I know a muddy run is a bad run.
    So far, I (and the help of my dear wifey) have about 3 solid days work in it and about $400 materials with about $150 more of materials needed.
    I'm planning on fitting about 7 standard size hens. That's about 30 square feet in the henhouse, 72 square feet in the coop (or run) and about two acres of yard to range around in when we are home to let them out.

    Alright, let's hear it.....
     
  2. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks good, but just curious, why didn't you go bigger ?
     
  3. wiss0023

    wiss0023 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is there to critique? It looks fabulous to me! Good space, well protected, good ventilation, covered run . . . well thought out! I bet spring chicks can't come fast enough . . . good luck!
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Well if you are playing 'Adventure' from Atari- your tint is off.

    j/k

    But snakes and adult rats will be able to get in, as well as squirrels to steal feed (all of these guys eat eggs too- I've seen a gray sq steal an egg) I wouldn't want to try to shoot anything on the inside of that, might be too close to me- and the rats - you'll never see unless you like sitting up all night.
     
  5. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why didn't I go bigger?! It looks huge standing in my yard. I started out with a 5 x 8 design. Then went to 5 x 10. Then stopped at 6 x 12. Don't want it to make my house look small!
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They'll only use one nest box; I'd just make one, a little wide so two can share if they decide to, because they probably will, maybe 16".

    It's a good looking setup. I only hope you don't come to regret the 1" wire and the chicken wire underneath. Perhaps the chicken wire will hold them off fairly well since there are two layers.

    We have two homes and a shop on 11 acres. The shop is a lot bigger than either home.
     
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  7. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it looks great, can't wait to see the final product!
     
  8. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL
     
  9. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like nice craftsmanship. Well done.

    One thought, though. If I read what you've written correctly, the coop part will be 6' by 5' by 3' tall? You aren't going to be able to easily reach inside from the long wall to the back of the coop (5 feet back). And with the coop only 3' tall, it isn't going to be very easy to crawl in there, either. You can probably use tools to rake out the bedding from the back of the coop, but if you're trying to catch a chicken and she flees to the back of the coop it's going to be an annoyance.

    It also limits somewhat where you put the roost unless you want to have to crawl inside the coop to set it up. I have a 4' deep raised coop, and I can just barely reach the back of it by leaning over and stretching. But since my coop is about 4 1/2 feet tall at the back, it does make it a bit easier to climb in if I need to.

    You might think about reinforcing the bottom 2 or 3 feet of your run to stop "reach through" predation. It doesn't have to be wire, just something to keep chicken heads in and critter paws out.
     
  10. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only hope you don't come to regret the 1" wire and the chicken wire underneath. Perhaps the chicken wire will hold them off fairly well since there are two layers.

    Yeah I know what you mean. I have seen chicken wire deteriorate fairly rapidly being wet all the time. With the coop being roofed, I'm hoping to get at least a few years out of the buried chicky wire. When it starts to fail I'll have to either re-do it or wrap apron material around the perimeter.

    You aren't going to be able to easily reach inside from the long wall to the back of the coop (5 feet back).

    Another good point. I'm hoping that with a door in the back and one in the front I should be able to have pretty good access to inside.

    You might think about reinforcing the bottom 2 or 3 feet of your run to stop "reach through" predation. It doesn't have to be wire, just something to keep chicken heads in and critter paws out.

    Can you elaborate? I'm picturing solid plywood all the way around up to 3" tall?​
     

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