New here and coop advice appreciated!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by edselpdx, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. edselpdx

    edselpdx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be adding 3 pullets/hens to my menagerie here in urban Portland, OR early next spring. I have an existing (underutilized) shed in my backyard that's about 12 x 8 feet. I hope to partition about half of it for coop use, and add a secure run area of approx 30' x 5-6'. I have a dachshund who's already expressed interested in my friends' chickens (and brought me a baby possum last weekend), so I know I need a dachshund-proof--and oppossum-proof-- run).

    I'm figuring 1/2 to 1/3rd of the shed for the coop and an at least partially covered outdoor run for daytime. Any hints for how best to adapt a prefab wooden shed appreciated. I'm thinking about a raised coop inside the shed at 3 feet or so off the ground to facilitate access and just building a ramp down to the run. I'll have some storage under the coop in the shed for feed bags, grit, DE, etc. Planning on a DLM coop.

    I have acquired an old round-rung ladder that I can cut up for a roost... are the approx 3/4" dowels too small?

    I've learned lots already here on BYC, and am looking forward to more!

    ed
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Sounds like you will be making a very nice hen-friendly setup there [​IMG] Be aware that the only benefits of deep litter you'll get in a raised wood-floored coop is lower maintenance and a little more litter for them to snuggle into on cold days -- there will be no meaningful composting, heat generation, etc. Not a problem, just something to know.

    I have acquired an old round-rung ladder that I can cut up for a roost... are the approx 3/4" dowels too small?

    They'll sit on 'em if nothing else is available, but it's much narrower than they'd prefer. Something more in the 2-4" range would be a LOT better.

    Welcome to BYC and have fun,

    Pat​
     

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