New coop ideas PLEASE!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fussy8, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We will be moving very very soon and i want the perfect coop to start fresh on our new property!!!! I need ideas, thoughts and what ever else you want to give advice on!! I have 8 chickens and live in utah! I would love to hear about your past experience's with building coops! thank you!! <3 [​IMG]
     
  2. Avonlea22

    Avonlea22 Jessamine Cottage

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    Run power to it!

    Make the people door high enough that you don't keep hitting your head.
     
  3. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is some great advice! AHAHAHAHa thank you! any more!?
     
  4. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:build it bigger then you think you will ever need
     
  5. LadiesMan017

    LadiesMan017 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:build it bigger then you think you will ever need

    Definately, AHAHA
     
  6. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. jerryb

    jerryb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the best thing i did in my new coop was to make the roosting bars and a frame that is hinged to the wall.

    so when i need to change the litter i can just raise up the roosting bars and shovel out the old litter.

    I also used a self storing storm window in a stock size to provide some daytime light and some adjustable ventilation.

    my mistake: should have made it bigger, but this thread has covered that already.

    good luck,
    Jerry
     
  8. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Run water to it beats carrying it.
     
  9. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Build it big, and make it so you can easily divide it in case you have a broody or want to introduce new pullets, or have an injured hen, etc.

    At one point, I had mine divided into 3 areas, but it was a crazy system of chicken wire and screen that kept falling down. This summer, I want to put up 2x4's to hold a permanent chicken wire divider, with decent human size doors (I was crawling over, under, and had to be a contortionist with the other set up. When it is just the one flock, I'll be able to leave the doors open to maximize space. When I have new pullets or a broody raising chicks, the doors can be closed.

    You may not ever plan on having a broody hatch eggs, or introducing new pullets, but I didn't plan on it either. Plans change.

    Also, if you live where there is snow, build a secure run with a roof to get them outside in the winter.
    Have fun!
     
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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