New member and new to chickens...

KarenN

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 8, 2011
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Thought I'd run my current set up by you guys to give me ideas/suggestions to improve things. First off - I inheirited (more or less) the first coop and 30 chickens from a friend who had to move. The first coop is an 8x12 shed, modified with roosts and nesting boxes. Unfortunately, the only pic I have on-line right is one I happened to take from my kitchen window during our last blizzard
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Inside the coop:

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I wish the nesting boxes were NOT flat on top, but beggars can't be choosers right now
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These were give to us separate from the coop.

Additional nesting boxes that came with the original coop:
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The main roost is a ladder like roost - I don't have a pic of it, but I'll try to get one. It's not bad, but many of the hens are choosing to roost on the new nesting boxes now
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Last weekend, my husband bought me another coop/run:

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This one has space under the hen house and three nesting boxes off the back. He got it for around $700, so I thought he got a great deal - only problem with this one is no roosts inside - suggestions?? It's home here now, and currently house four new 3-mo old turkens for my son
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And just for fun, my yougest son and his favorite chicken:

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justbugged

Head of the Night Crew for WA State
11 Years
Jan 27, 2009
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You have a couple of very nice set ups. I would use a 2x4 laid wide side up as a roost in the new coop. Without picture of it inside it is not possible to have an opinion on how to attach the roost. I do know that for 700, you got a very nice coop. We spent at least that on the coop we built from new materials.
 

KarenN

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 8, 2011
63
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Beggs, Oklahoma
Thanks, justbugged, I'll try to get some pics of the inside of the new coop soon. It's pretty basic. I'm thinking I can use the existing studs and go between them with 2x4s.
 

THINGUM

Chirping
9 Years
Jan 17, 2011
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Just a little plywood or chx wire mounted above nest boxes at an angle (/) will keep them off . Need to break that habit Nice weather you're having
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Us too.
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Newbie in Screamer Al

Chirping
9 Years
Jan 11, 2011
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Maybe you can run a ladder going up to a roost that is over the boxes. I did this, and put the poop boards between the boxes and roost to save floor plan. here is what we did. may help. Look forward to seeing your pics for a better idea. And welcome. You are in the right place for info and great folks.........
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