New Alaskan breeders coop - finally!!! (pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mrs MIA, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    This is going to be our new breeder coop/pens - a whopping 12'x20' insulated building with pens running off each side. There is one 4x8' room as a brooder, and I have stacked brooders for chicks that will go there. It's fashioned after a horse barn, in a way - walkway down the middle with pens on either side. They're small - 4x4' square inside, with 4x? outdoor wired runs. I made the walls 8' tall, because no matter how tall I make them, we bonk our heads on ceilings and such. Plus there will be room up high for storage. There will, hopefully some day, be an arctic entry on it, too, for biosecurity and keeping heat-loss down. Once it's completed, we'll be dropping an insulated ceiling to keep the heat lower for our extreme winter temps (-30 to -40°F). Cup-waterers will be run along both runs, and the entire coop will be wired for heat - just enough to keep eggs/water from freezing. In the summer, the flooring is vinyl and easy to clean. In the winter, deep shavings to help insulate. It's south-facing so in the winter it will get some sun. In the summer, the sun is high enough that the trees will block most of it. So... here it is so far... I'm darn proud of hubby for all his help with this.

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    (I love the nail-gun! and it's an optical illusion... it really is squared up! [​IMG] )
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    (The windows came from a building facing the runway at the AFB in Anchorage... [​IMG]... double-paned and sound-proof!!!)

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    We're about 90% framed in now - waiting on siding to be delivered (rough-cut, a.k.a. cheap, wood), and I'm working on the inside pens now. I predict another trip to Home Depot reallllll soon. [​IMG]
     
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  2. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    wow that is the most beautiful thing I have seen I a while that will be awsome what going in it?

    Henry
     
  3. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! That is really nice. I like it alot.
     
  4. Mrs MIA

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    Quote:Check out my signature line... [​IMG]

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    Thanks... we're awfully proud of it! Can't wait for it to be done, though!
     
  5. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
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    Looks like it is going to be a very nice coop. I used ot live in Anchorage about 15 years ago and I miss it so much. Beautiful land and scenery. I was told that was Gods country and everyone ought to have a chance to see it. Can you post some picks of the Mountains and Scenery. I'd love to see it again. Thanks

    Angela
     
  6. Mrs MIA

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  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow thats going tobe 1 nice coop setup when you get it done.ive got more than enough coops.an yall are giving me the fever for more coops.
     
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    LOL! My credit card bill would scare you away from it!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Dreamthief

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    Looks nice.
     
  10. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

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    Thanks for the extra picks. Makes a homesick person feel pretty good.
     

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