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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bex, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Bex

    Bex Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    My Grandparents came over last night to check out our chickens and ducks... They're crazy about the eggs.

    My Grandpa is retired from being a roofer but it still very much in construction around his home (even though he's nearly blind) well anyway.. He started eyeing our old horse barn and suggested we turn the front two stalls into a coop. "I don't have the money for the renovations that would need to be done.." He replied with "I do. Me and your Uncle Frank will do it." [​IMG] (of course my fiance & I will be helping)

    So he is talking about opening the two stalls to one another, closing them off on the front from the rest of the barn, adding a human-door on the inside (so it'll be a room inside the barn), adding a tiny chicken door on the front of the barn (that can be closed), that will lead into a nice big pen.. Then he's going to put up roosts, nests boxes, etc. He even wants to install a solar powered light out by our pens that comes on at night. [​IMG]

    I was trying to think of "cheap" ways to add "little" things here and there. I know one thing is that chickens need 14 hours of light a day to lay regularly. We do not have electricity in our old horse barn. They make those lights that "stick" to the wall, that run off of batteries, would that work for inside the coop? Or does it need to be a heat lamp or something?

    Any suggestions otherwise? I'm excited. [​IMG]

    The way he's talking.. This will be happening in the next week or two! I can't believe my Grandfather is enabling me.. He's even dragging me to ANOTHER auction this weekend.


  2. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Congrats! Keep us posted.... [​IMG]
  3. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    [​IMG] Lucky you. What a great grandfather. [​IMG]
  4. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    do you need another family member? I'm puttin myself up for adoption!
  5. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Enid, OK!
    I say let the builder do the building. lol Seems like some good ideas to me. They'll love all that space and it sounds like you'll have extra to spare when you go chick crazy and start hoarding them.
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    So, guess you would be going to eggbid.com?
  7. Bex

    Bex Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Our house is pretty full Chickentender, lol! We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house - there is an attic but we never go up there so its mainly for our "old" storage. Our bedrooms are small - the two bedrooms are 10 x 12 and the larger is 10 x 16. 5 people live in this house along with too many critters, I don't think there is room for you? Unless you want to live in the chicken house.. Since it'll be bigger than my bedroom! [​IMG]

    Me? Go Chicken Crazy? You have got to be insane.. We only started getting back into chickens a bit over a month ago and we're already up to 30 something chickens.. (I did not realize it was that many until I just did the counting!) and hoping to get some more this weekend at an auction.. Though 25 of those 30 something is chicks and some we'll get rid of due to them being roos.. I'm not chicken crazythough. I swear. [​IMG]

    RChicks.. Stop enabling me! [​IMG] I really want a bator.. But we're going to wait until I get one for my SO for Christmas (though he keeps talking about getting one now..)

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