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New Coop (first one - may have gone a bit overboard!)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by malcomdoyle, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. malcomdoyle

    malcomdoyle New Egg

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    Hey guys!

    My wife and I recently inherited a 4 year old Isa Brown from a friend that could no longer give her the attention she deserved.
    She was being kept in a tin, flat pack style coop that just wasn't big enough.

    I had a pad of concrete at the bottom of our property that was a perfect fit for her new coop!
    The design and size of the coop was somewhat determined by the existing concrete footings but we are looking at getting several more chicks in the coming weeks.

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    Total size comes to 1.9m x 4.5m!

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    You can see the coop she was in before on the left, way too small..

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    Cladding up, now for the wire!

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    Wire on. Being in the hills of Adelaide (South Australia) we don't need heavy duty mesh as the only predators we get are snakes and the odd fox.

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    Roof and door are on!

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    Just putting the final touches on the interior. Still alot of work to go, the nesting box is temporary at this stage untill we decide how many more chicks we ae getting and how many boxes are required.

    Stay tuned, more photos to come :)

    Thanks,
    Malcom
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good! I have heard that Isa browns only lay for 2 years and then pretty much stop altogether. So, if you want eggs, you'll have to get younger hens[​IMG]
     
  3. malcomdoyle

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    Hey Outpost JWB,

    It's a common thought that Isa's stop laying after two or so years but we're still getting an egg every two days or so!
     
  4. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks to have been carefully put together. Does the roof have any pitch, or is the weather such that a flat roof is adequate?
     
  5. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good to know[​IMG] And I forgot to tell you [​IMG]
     
  6. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She needs a couple of friends!!!
     
  8. GAchickennewbie

    GAchickennewbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the new coop for her!

    She's a very lucky girl!
     
  9. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure he will learn chicken math the same as we all did[​IMG]

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  10. malcomdoyle

    malcomdoyle New Egg

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    Hi tracecome, the roof is at about 5% which is more than adequite for our climate here. It's usually around 40-45.C (104-113.F) this time of year so rain isn't an issue.
    I will however be installing some guttering at the back with a rain tank closer to winter as it does rain a bit but certainly no snow here!
     

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