New coop and Old coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PFSfarmer, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some pictures of our old coop and our new coop. Hope these help others with some ideas.

    The old one has 6'X10' dog chain link kennel panels around the outside for walls/sides of the coop and 2 on top to help hold it all together. We also drove t-post in the ground to help stabilize it. The entire inside walls and most of the top is covered in chicken wire. The chicken wire also goes around the perimeter of the inside on the ground for 12" with cattle panels underneath the chicken pen to keep mid size to large predators out. The coop itself is 3'X6' and about 3' off the ground.

    We still use this one to raise the babies because it is so secure. These pics are from when we first built it and the new coop wasnt even thought about.
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    Notice the cattle panel and chicken wire on the ground. The cattle panel goes outside the coop a foot or so if I remember right.
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    Here are some pics of the new one. We really like the new one, but think it may just be house 2 one day and we may end up with a third. This one has 4 vents, 2 windows, 1 chicken door, and 1 man/human door. We also painted the inside white and the outside barn red just like the other one.


    Here is a pic of the inside of the new coop just a bit before it was finished. You can see the roost made from 2x4s and mesquite tree branches on the right with nest boxes on the left. There is a 1x6 cedar board in front of the nest boxes that can be removed for cleaning. There is 8 nest boxes total. Also notice the chicken ramp up to bottom row of nest boxes. This is for the old/lazy birds.
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    Notice you can see the old coop and chicken pen/run in the background. The new run has chicken wire on top also.
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    When we let the birds out every morning we ended up having to put this old chain link gate propped up in front of the door where the birds can sneak under it and we can keep the dang cows out. Never knew cows liked chicken feed, but they do. This was right before we finished. There is a roost in this run also like the one inside the coop, but it is not in this pic. If you look close you can see our white leg horn rooster entering in the chicken door.
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    Both chicken runs/pens are 10'X20'. we actually plan on adding to the run of the larger making 3 different, but all connected areas so if we want to breed them we can put certain ones together. With any luck this add on will be done before winter.

    Also notice all the white Xs on every thing like old barns. We do it for more than just the barn look we use them to be able to tell at a glance if anything is open or closed. We painted almost everything with Kilz primer first. We used it inside and just left it white for the brightness and some where we heard flies dont like white, but dont know. Every where the barn red is we had home depot put a tint of gray in the white so the red barn paint didnt come out pink. On the floors we used floor paint like you see in the sheds at home depot and lowes so it is easier to clean.
     
  2. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Really nice set up. Looks VERY secure!
     
  3. happy call duck

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    Hi It's great set up i wish i could do something like that, but i only have a small garden. are coop is about 5ft long and 3ft wide and about 1ft off the ground. the run is about 10ft in total.my girls seem very happy. Ihave 5 girls in there at the moment i would like some more but i dodn't wont to over crowed them.
     
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  4. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx.

    I like to hope it is secure. We plan on adding on to the right side of it soon and make about 3 small runs/pens for breeding. We can catch whatever breed we want and put them in there then. So we can keep them pure bred, cross breed or whatever.

    We currently have 9 Arcunas, 12 Pearl White Leghorns, 11 Redstars, and 28 Jumbo Pearl Gray Guineas These are the babies and for adults we have 7 mix bred game hens, 1 Rhode Island or New Hampshire Red, 1 Barred Rock, and 1 Pearl White Leghorn For a Grand Total of 70 birds and we might get more after Spring.

    We just put the Guineas in the with the adult birds now that they are approx. 8 weeks and have their flying wings. I'll try to get some pics soon.

    We do turn them out the adults and now the guineas every morning and they free range. We like to wait 6-10 weeks before we cut them all loose depending on how we feel or the group of birds are acting. The Guineas of course act like Guineas. A bit skiddish. Now the other babies you have to becareful not to step on them as they are curious and want to know what you are doing. The adult game hens have nothin to do with us most of the time and the other 3 stay just out of reaching distance, but will come and just talk away to us.
     
  5. HbbyFrmGrl

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    It looks great! I love the use of natural perches in the new coop!
     
  6. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx.

    We tried to make it nice, but not get carried away at the same time. The birds dont care what it looks like as long as it does what it is supposed to.
     
  7. HbbyFrmGrl

    HbbyFrmGrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Very true! I guess we never can help thinking that they might like the paint color or some nice ambiance when really we are the only ones who care. However sisnce i'm the one who has to clean it and look at it. [​IMG]
     
  8. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So true. Reminds me of when people buy dog food. Dogs are supposed to be color blind so why does it matter what it looks like? As long as it has the good natural stuff in it what does it matter? It is hard to look past some of these things. It is like the need it or do you want it? Very few now days have their needs and wants in order.
     
  9. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the delay it has been busy, but here is some random pics the guineas we just turned out to free range.

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  10. PFSfarmer

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    Here is also some pics of all the new birds, guineas, easter eggers, white leghorns, redstars, and mixed breeds free ranging with 2 of our 3 kids helping/playing.

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    O and a couple cows made it into the picture...lol.
     
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