New Member and New Coop

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

  1. DWavs

    DWavs Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is David and I live in Northern Virginia.

    My father-in-law and a close friend both raise chickens and have been trying to get me to build a coop for years since we live on 6 acres. I finally took the plunge last month. I have spent the last week or so reading this forum and find it to be a wonderful place!

    Here are a few pictures. Be easy on me...I am far from a carpenter!

    4' x 8' coop with an 8' x 8' run. Oak fence boards on the side of the coop.
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    Small roost bench and higher roost bar.
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    Nesting boxes.
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    Thanks for having me!
     
  2. smpezzi

    smpezzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great to me [​IMG] and [​IMG]
     
  3. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great and where are you in Northern Virginia. I live in Thurmont MD. about 1 hour north of DC.

    Welcome and enjoy your chicks.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Welcome and that is a real nice coop and run!!!You say you're not a carpenter, but your work looks great. Maybe you don't know that you're a carpenter!
     
  5. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    You did a wonderful job!!!
     
  6. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Welcome to BYC! You did a fantastic job ... Kudos to you. Your chickens will be very happy in there.

    However... I'm concerned about using only chicken wire around the run (at least that's what it looks like). You've done such a great job with it all I'd so hate to see you lose any chickens to predators.

    Chicken wire is to keep chickens in only ... it will not keep almost any predator out. Is it possible to wrap the whole thing with 2x4 welded wire? Have you buried the chicken wire into the ground? That would also help so nothing digs underneath.
     
  7. DWavs

    DWavs Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Near the Winchester, Virginia area.
     
  8. DWavs

    DWavs Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yea, I spent the last hour reading about that very topic. I plan on adding the hardware cloth/welded wire at least to the bottom 2 feet around.
     
  9. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice looking coop and run. Are those little barred rocks in the pictures? they are cute.
     
  10. DWavs

    DWavs Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:You're gonna laugh but...my friend got 30 of them as chics and I can't remember what he said they were. (where is the embarrassed emoticon!)

    He is coming over for poker tomorrow evening and I plan on asking him again. [​IMG]
     

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