new to owning chickens. how is my setup. PICS

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kevomxracer, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Kevomxracer

    Kevomxracer Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2012
    i am 16 and the chickens are my new hobby. me and a buddy built everything.

    i have owned chickens for about 5 months, and have learned alot and im still learning. heres some pics of my coop set up. please comment and tell me what you think. i know i still need nesting boxes and a roost.

    the hens are about 5 months old. rhode island red, white leghorn, 2 feather footed cochins.
    coop size is 2x3 and chicken wired in area is 6 Long x 3 wide x 3 High









  2. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2012
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    -Very nice!!

  3. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    [​IMG] from Georgia! Looks great you and your friend did a great job! Once you put in a roost the chickens may begin to use your small wooden box as the nest box. So you may not need to build a nest box if you dont want to. I would consider at some point putting hardware mesh on the pen instead of the chicken wire if the chickens are in there at night. I have heard coons and other predators can rip the chicken wire open. Great job! It looks very nice and very functional!
  4. sallihennipenni

    sallihennipenni Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Central Illinois
    Looks like you and your buddy did a great job! Looking at your pic's I have one suggestion. Looks like there's a space between where your coop box and your run join? It's not a very large space, but some predators like weasels and mink, don't need any more than about an inch of space to squeeze through. I'd close up that space if you can. Good luck with your chickens!
  5. JAMES09

    JAMES09 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2012
    This is true about hexagonal just is not strong enough to keep raccoons & possums out...let alone the fox & any other predatory animal. Hardware fabric is probably the best route one can take to secure the birds at night. My recommendation is the fabric with the 1/2'' squares. That size is plenty strong enough to keep out any fox or coon or anything else of that size.
  6. Looks like a tajmahal to me! very nicely done. I do agree with the chicken wire from experience. I didnt replace it though, my girls are locked up tight at night in their coop. You will just love watching your girls grow up. Watch out for chicken math though, you will need a bigger coop in no time!

    welcome to the 'funny farm' here!

  7. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2012
    What a great job for the first time.[​IMG]

    Just keep watching and learning, I think you have a natural talent for this. Wait until you start to get eggs!
    Keep in touch with us here. I am going to suggest a coat of paint or two to make particle board last longer. Great job!
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  8. palmettogroves

    palmettogroves Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2011
    Brazoria, TX
    Looks great! You guys did a wonderful job. Looks like you have some happy chickens too.
  9. ibarbidahl

    ibarbidahl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2012
    Odessa, FL
    I might suggest getting the feeders off the ground and about the height of your pullets backs. It looks like they've taken to throwing the food out already. Those feeders don't last long as far as holding enough food for them, so you'll have to look into that sooner or later - but for now just raising them would help.

    I also don't see enough water for 4 chickens for a whole day. Be careful with that! Looks like you two did a great job though. Your little flock certainly looks happy! :-D
  10. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    Great Job!!! Don't stress over any of it, chickens are very resiliant. Welcome to the obsession!!!

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