New to Chickens working on a coop design ...please give advise...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Old Crow, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Old Crow

    Old Crow Out Of The Brooder

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    Well as the title says I'm new to chickens never owed even one before ......

    I am looking to build and prepare a coop for a spring flock .... Mind you I live in Michigan and this will be a home for next winter as well

    Been doing some reading and studying a bit and this is where I am so far please advise ..... [​IMG]


    Front ..View ..(Door removed for viewing ) this will be 8'x8' with an 8'x8' run the front will be 8' and the rear 6'

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    Side with nesting Box

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    Rear

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    Run End

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    Features ......

    External Feed Box

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    Water Collection and supply

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    Baby / Introduction Box

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    Roost and catch board

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    Last edited: Nov 22, 2009
  2. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Everything looks fine to me should be a lovely coop.

    I am though questioning your rain water collection and dispenser - are you planning on filtering that water? Maybe I'm wrong but if a wild bird poops on the roof, I don't think I'd want my chickens to drink that contaminated water.
     
  3. Old Crow

    Old Crow Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Good point .... Not sure didn't consider it ..... that's why im here asking the experts ... [​IMG] ....

    Thank you
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  4. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    You could have the water runoff feed a small garden - our coop/run has a small salad garden growing next to it, tasty treats for the girls that they can reach through the fence and enough salad for the humans!

    Where did you create that design?
     
  5. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all [​IMG] , glad to have you, it's a fun site for learning

    Plans look good to me, I do have a question to the food storage, will it be lined ? I was thinking if it is wood won't moisture mold the feed? and the other would be locks on feed storage and laying box, I'm sure you already thought of that.
     
  6. DIMBY

    DIMBY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice design! You might want to incorporate this kind of a feeder:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=206562

    I especially like the one that you load from the outside (scroll down on the above link for that picture). I know my next "reincarnation" will include this. You can also search the forum "feeders using pvc pipe" for more ideas. For your waterer, I would suggest something that is elevated (bricks?), secured to avoid tipping, and again, something you can fill from outside.
     
  7. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
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    Quote:Put a fine mesh screen over it...
     
  8. Old Crow

    Old Crow Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It is possible to line it with flashing type material ..... I'm not looking for it to be the primary storage area but I would like to know I can go away for a week if need be and all be well ....

    Brings me to a few good question .....

    What is the average feed intake per bird on say a weekly basis .... for the average size layers ?
    Water consumption per Bird .... per week ?
     
  9. Old Crow

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    Quote:Great Idea but unfortunately my wife's pasture mowers will not allow for that .....[​IMG] ...2 Pigmys and a sheep .... uggghhhhh
     
  10. DIMBY

    DIMBY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck being gone for a week, I'm gone for two days and my birds and I are nervous wrecks, even with "Aunt Kathy" looking in on them. Feed: I free range all 8 during the day, but they can go in and out of the run at will. For 8, about 3-4 pounds a week, doesn't include what they catch or find in the yard, scratch or daily treats of oatmeal, salad or rice, with yogurt. Water, hard to say, in the summer I could hardly keep up, especially iced water. Refilled their 3 gallon waterer every two or three days. And I know they drank water from the dogs' water dish, too.
     

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