1. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    So we out grew our old coop.

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    And now I built a new coop this week! This time I doubled the roost space. learned from previous mistakes, expierence, and new practices!

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    I still have some undetermined questions if it will all work out? if something seems too dangerous? Or if the chickens don’t like the layout? Nothing is permanent, so I can reorganize. And with open concept I can rearrange the roosts and add more if need be.

    Tonight is their first night in the coop. All that’s left is to add more Nondraft-ventilation.
     
  2. FishMtFarm

    FishMtFarm Emu whisperer

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    Woot woot! Happy chickens! Nice project. Feel free to come to my house next and carry on that enthusiasm! My chickens could use a bigger coop. Of course then I would get more chickens.
     
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  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

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    Is that 4x8?

    I bet they are happier having more space.

    Be sure and add a bunch of details.

    Chick season is coming and lots of coops will be getting built. New folks or folks that aren't builders sure can use all the details you can share.

    :thumbsup
     
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  4. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    Very pretty wood. Is it pine ?
     
  5. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    It’s a 4x8
    I used pine. For studs I used 1x2s I wanted it light because I wanted to be able to move it. It’s on wheels. Ply wood and 2x4s on bottom. Weighted just enough to withstand 25mph winds. And if it’s going to be stronger, I have ground anchors made from the twisty dog leash anchors.

    One thing I’m not sure if I’m gonna like is the clear roof panel. I made 2 of them clear. Like skylights. Nesting boxes a little over sized.

    It will be painted white with our “Farm” logo haha:lau
     
  6. FishMtFarm

    FishMtFarm Emu whisperer

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    I have clear roof panels and it makes it hot in there in the summer so make sure you have windows you can open and keep it placed in a shady place.
     
  7. 21hens-incharge

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    I am a little concerned about 1x2's since they aren't recommended for framing.
    They warp like mad as they age and aren't strong.
    Might want to keep a good watch on that.
     
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  8. RoosterML

    RoosterML Songster

    I have a suggestion, I would change the orientation of your roost. Use the length of your coop to your advantage. I believe that chickens prefer to jump up and down directly onto the roost bars, yes some will use ladders. The way you currently have the roosting bar your really limiting the take off and landing area for your birds. If you change the orientation you will still have the same amount of roosting space, I think you could add 3 bars total if you change direction. This will give you 12' of roosting space. It will also remove the need for a ladder depending how low you start your first roost bar. Stagger them up and back about 12"-16" each time. Once done your birds will have a nice landing area. Again just an idea that I think would work really well. Here's a quick photo of what I am talking about.
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  9. Dr.GarryTTucker

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    That was one thought I had. But with the 1x2s I have each on supported with piloted screws every 8in in attempt to stop any warping. The plan is to have about 8sqft of ventilation. Just needed to get it down before our downpour this morning at 4am
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    4' is narrow for roost access...that ladder won't cut it, cleated ramp would be better.
    Nests could be low enough so they don't need a perch for access there.
    All hindsite, hate to critique an already built coop.
    Changing the roosts to the end as @RoosterML suggested would be the easiest 'fix'.
     

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