New & Coop Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SterlingAcres, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    My husband and I have taken the leap in deciding we want to join the ranks of backyard chicken owners. We're going to hatch out our first eggs together with our boys soon. I've actually hatched chickens, chukars, quail, guineas and a few other misc game birds, so I have the incubator and everything -- My husband's from the city and never really got a chance to experience anything like that, so he's pretty excited... Alright, on with my question...

    Now that Meyer Hatchery has pushed back all egg orders another WEEK, I have time to really consider what type of coop I'd like. My husband wants to build a small moveable ark (which I don't think would work for winters here), but I just had a thought this afternoon. We have a large garage out in the backyard. I'm talking 30x30ft. We could easily build an inside coop and cage for the chickens, right? I mean, that's a bit excessive, but it's much better protection from predators in town and would actually save space in our small fenced in yard. My only problem is that my teenage brother rents the apartment above our garage and to be honest, the kid's noisy as h*ll. How bad would his guitar, music or other junk effect my poor chickens? I thought the garage was a great idea, since we have a nature hater next door - when she moved in, she ripped out all the old flower beds and cut down 3 trees (even one on OUR property line without asking) and she routinely puts rat poison out for chipmunks because they're in her basement. The woman's insane. Even though it's legal to keep up to 4 confined birds in town, I think she'd really give us a hard time about them. Does the garage (minus my brother) seem like a good option to anyone else? And if anyone's ever made an INDOOR coop for chickens, would you happen to have any photos? I'm drawing a blank and I'm in a dilemma here. :|
    Thanks ever so much.
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi Shellie and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Have you checked out the Coop Design pages yet? There are a few members with coops using garages and barns.

    Hope this is some help!

  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Quote:Birds need a certain amount of sunlight to be healthy. They will need to go out for some sun time.

  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:We have a fenced in yard and I plan to bring them out to 'free range' before bed.

    And I've seen the coop designs page since I've been reading this website for months LOL, but can't really get any inspiration. thanks though [​IMG]
  5. 2dream

    2dream Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jackson MS
    Shellie, why not use the ark for daytime - plenty of sunshine and the garage for nighttime.
    If the chickens don't get enough light they will not lay. If you use the ark for the day they can have fresh air and sunshine - plus you can let them free range in the afternoons (I am assuming when you get off work) until bedtime in the garage.
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:Actually, I'm at home with our 3 yr old and 1 yr old most of the day. My husband works nights, so we spend alot of time outside to keep the house quiet during the day -- so the ark for daytime really makes alot of sense since we'll be in the yard anyway. Thanks for posting this, I stg I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached, that's complete common sense and I missed it. LOL!
  7. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Putnam County, NY
    I love this idea too - but I still can't understand how to get the chickens easily from the coop to the tractor! I can just see myself running around the yard trying to grab 20 chickens with my neighbors all peeking out of their windows watching the crazy chicken lady. Any ideas? I mean, why would they voluntarily walk into an ark when they're out and about in the free world?
  8. Penske

    Penske Songster

    Dec 28, 2007

    There is a post above by JSC with a picture of their indoor coop.
    Godd Luck!
  9. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Is there anyway you can attached an outdor run to the inside coop you plan to make, with a "doggie door" from the coop in the garage to the run at night--which could be shut at night? I think Seachick has something like that is I remember correctly, see if she has a personal page..........
  10. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007

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