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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KB3GZW, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. KB3GZW

    KB3GZW In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    Lehigh County, Pa
    Well, This is my first post here. I have been doing a lot of reading around this forum and I think it is really going to come in handy.

    I am getting my first batch of chicks within the next month or so and I have a prospected lineup. Here it goes.

    3 x Buff Orps
    3 x White Leghorns
    3 x Rhode Island Reds
    3 x Barred Rocks
    2 x Ameraucanas

    Does this sound good? I cant have and roosters where I live, so these will all be hens.

    I also have been messing around with a nesting box setup for the coop when I get one up. It used to be the computer desk in my living room until just about a week ago. I have been changing it into nesting boxes over the last couple of days and I was wondering if you guys think it is suitable.


    Last edited: Mar 3, 2008
  2. muddler6

    muddler6 Songster

    Sep 12, 2007
    Jefferson County, PA
    Welcome, and I love the recycling of the old desk!! Just make sure that the desk/nest stays dry, if it is made out of that pressboard stuff with a paper cover it could swell and flake. With good ventilation your coop should stay pretty dry, just something to keep an eye on. Looks like you have a good line up of birds to start with!! This is the place for info an support!!
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2008
  3. terryc

    terryc In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    Texas Hill Country
    Quote:Yes it is a great forum. The boxes should work as long as they are mounted inside the coop and can stay dry. I like that you recycled a product you no longer need. Beats dumping it in the landfill.

    I use to live in your neck of the woods, just east of Bethlehem until I moved west. I sure do miss a good steak sandwich.[​IMG]

    oh....and de N3OJT

  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome to the forum! Nice use of that desk. I have to echo the suggestion to keep it dry or it will flake apart.
  5. KB3GZW

    KB3GZW In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    Lehigh County, Pa
    Yea I have seen first hand how this particle board will swell and lose its rigidity. The boxes will definitely be mounted inside the coop. I figure if I get a year or two(even a couple of months) out of it, its worth it.

    Ah its nice to see another ham in the group. I am always surprised to see how many hams I find online.

    I also have a question about the run I want to build. I want to make it using panels of 2x4 and welded wire fence. I will probably use hex bolts to fasten the panels together. This way I can change the layout every once and a while and also make it easily moveable if we move to a different house. Does this sound like a good idea?

    I was always told not to use pressure treated lumber with animals. So I don't see why it would be a problem using it for the run, but what about the coop?
  6. KB3GZW

    KB3GZW In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2008
    Lehigh County, Pa
    I also have put this brooder together for when I get the chicks. It is an 18 gallon wash tub. It is quite small for the amount of birds I want to get. This will only last for a week or so until I can get a large appliance box, which I was told is a good idea.

  7. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I love recyclers! [​IMG] Thats gonna be a great nest box.

    I don't know about the brooder though. That metal might get too hot with the light shining directly down and burn the chicks. Try using a rubbermaid tote, it'll work much better and can be used for something else when your done. Its also easy to clean. Other metal brooders usually have a smaller light in the back. It works a little different.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  8. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    welcome to the forum
  9. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Welcome, ditto on the cool recycled nest boxes, and ditto on the metal tub for brooder - use whatever smaller cardboard box you have hanging around until you can get one bigger OR a rubbermaid/sterlite/plastic tote.
  10. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Hi! Welcome!

    LOVE the recycle use of the desk, very inventive! Looks like it will work great!

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