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  1. Charlotte Anne

    Charlotte Anne Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wanted to share my pictures on the building of our coop.
    Hi my name is Charlotte. I live in Hagersville, Ontario. My husband and I divided a shed in half to build a chicken coop. It's about 8 x 10. We insulated it with R22 Roxul insulation, then stapled plastic over the insulation. Then used partial board for the walls and painted them. We went to a discount flooring place and bought a piece of roll out laminate flooring for $30. It makes for cleaning the floor really easy and looks good too. We placed to flooring vents in the walls for air circulation. We have a very large prexiglas window from a hockey arena as well. An old door was acquired from an abandoned farmhouse. We presently have a 60 watt light on a timer for longer daylight. We originally had a 100 watt heat lamp, but I found the coop was still too cool. We put a 250 watt heat lamp and this works better. Last week I went out to the co-op and got a heated plastic water dispenser. It holds 3 gallons of water and the base has a heater in it that comes on at 35 degrees to keep the water warm. I feed a 18% layer pellet and lots of treats. Spaghetti, baked potatoes, sour cream, yogurt, bananas, kale, rice, raisins, broccoli, cauliflower, rice krispies, etc. Pretty much everything we eat I give the hens. So far, touch wood I get my 6 eggs a day from my 6 Rhode Island Reds.

    Charlotte


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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Nice coop!
     
  3. Charlotte Anne

    Charlotte Anne Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! The 2 boards attached to the wall are for a staircase. That's what we attached the perches too. They are hinged and attach to the ceiling when you need to clean the floor.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Charlotte Anne, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Sounds like you folks are great chicken parents and your birds are living large in your care!! Best of luck to you - great looking coop!!
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. Charlotte Anne

    Charlotte Anne Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. We did go overboard on the coop. Install a 60 watt bulb on a timer for extra daylight hours, 250 watt heat lamp and a 3 gallon heated water dispenser. I would say this coop is just short of being called a spa now. lol.

    Oh by the way, I live in Ontario, Canada but I am originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. I sure do miss that heat, but living here you definitely get to experience all 4 seasons. Thanks again for the compliment.

    Charlotte
     
  8. Charlotte Anne

    Charlotte Anne Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you
     
  9. Charlotte Anne

    Charlotte Anne Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost touch a long time ago with a very good friend living in Kansas. Kansas is very beautiful.

    Charlotte
     
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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