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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Birdman, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Birdman

    Birdman Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if this coop idea sounded good.
    I was thinking of pouring a six inch concrete foundation with wire mesh in it and extending six inches up the wall. Then there would be a mesh floor (when I say mesh I mean small, you couldn't fit a pinkie through it). Over the mesh I would again like to pour concrete, just to make cleaning with a flat bottom shovel quick and easy. I'm not sure the exact dimensions as I haven't yet decided how many chickens I want (help figuring that out would be appreciated). The door would have a signifigant step up making it impossible or at least very difficult for rats to slip in under it. I know this all sounds excessive but we have a pretty bad mouse/rat problem around here.
    As for the run, would just enclosing it in 6 foot tall chicken wire work? I have plenty redtail hawks around here but a friend told me they only bother his chicks.
    I'm sure I missed some stuff so any and all constructive criticism and suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Excessive?? Maybe....but thats ok. As far as the chicken wire fencing....its only good to keep chickens IN, not predators out. Might want to rethink that part. Other than that, sounds great! We will of course want picks of the progress.
     
  3. Birdman

    Birdman Out Of The Brooder

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    Will do, does 2 square feet per bird sound right in the henhouse? That's what I read but that sounds kind of small to me.
     
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Hi,welcome and good luck in the building....... I always double the space for my girls......... I am one who likes alot of room.......so I do it for my chicks too......if you have the space , go for it now.make it bigger. If you are like me and everyone else on here,you will want MORE MORE MORE [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] chickies later and then you will have enough room
     
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  5. Birdman

    Birdman Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I was going to do, I just wanted to see if those numbers were right so I could figure out a mix capacity.
     
  6. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I believe most of us here use 4 sq. feet per standard size chicken for the coop. I use 8 to 10 sq. feet per bird for the run area.

    As was posted, I always make it bigger, and end up with the 4 sq. ft. (because I get more chickens)...LOL


    Jean
     

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