New to poultry keeping

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PhilBen, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. PhilBen

    PhilBen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All I am new to keeping poultry but can say both my wife and I have the bug.
    Started with 3 now have got 9 birds.
    Here are some pics of the run i finished a couple of weeks ago

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  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Hiya! Well now - that appears to be a Chicken Fort Knox of sorts! Only thing missing....you might consider putting in a box of dirt/sand for them to scratch & peck in! Looks VERY secure, and VERY pretty! Lucky chooks!
     
  3. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great to me, I like the idea of the coops inside of the run area. We dont have space for that where we live now but hubby and I have talked about doing that next time. Nice job [​IMG]
     
  4. DvanderSlik

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    That is an AWESOME coop!

    If I may make a suggestion... I would do a "double layer" of fence. I would highly suggest hardware wire (at least on the bottom half of the fence). I've heard of sneaky raccoons/opossums sticking their little hands through there and eating chickens THROUGH the chicken wire. YIKES![​IMG] Plus there is always the issue of snakes. I live in NC... but I don't know if snakes are an issue where you are.

    I love how airy it is. Lucky birds [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks amazing! I really like the logs in there. Just curious if you have smaller hardware cloth behind the chickenwire. That seems to be pretty big holes if there is nothing behind it. Good rule of thumb is if a head can fit through the hole it will get bitten off. If you do have a more dense material on the inside than disregard my post.
     
  6. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice work, well done. [​IMG]
     
  7. PhilBen

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    Hi thanks for that input. Yes the chicks do put the heads through the holes sometimes, but iam in the UK and don't have some of the preditors you guys have. We also have a rottie called tyson who looks after the garden. He has been pecked on the nose a few times. The far righthand corner has some soil/dust for dust baths. The base of the run is what we call in the UK sharps sand (builders sand) very easy to clean, just go round each day with a poop scoop and run is clean again.
     
  8. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great! Good job.
     
  9. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great looking coop! let's see some pics of your rottie too! they're the best dogs! [​IMG]
     
  10. PhilBen

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    ginger c. :

    great looking coop! let's see some pics of your rottie too! they're the best dogs! [​IMG]

    He is on my byc page​
     

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