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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dustyw, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. dustyw

    dustyw In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2010
    I am new to the site and to chickens. I have had my chickens for about 4 months. They were already laying when they were given to me. I made a quick make shift coop/shelter for them and it worked great until about 2 months ago it got really windy and it flipped over, with them in it. I turned it back over and wireed it down but they were so scared they would no go back in it. It was freezing cold so I let them free range in the barn for about a week until I got this coop done. They have not laid an egg since the windy day there house blew over, with them in it! I just installed a light on a timer to see if that helps. I have some trim pieces to put up yet and button up some wiring, but that can wait till its warm out. Let me know what you guys and gals think. Its my first attempt at building a coop. This site is full of great info. [​IMG]







  2. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    It beautiful! And you built that in a week?
    Did you take any other pictures while you worked on it? Even if you didn't, make a BYC page and enter it in the coop contest!
    Welcome to BYC:welcome
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  3. wing it

    wing it Songster

    Aug 13, 2009
    long island
    nice coop!
  4. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Great chalet for your girls! I do hope they recover from wind-fright [​IMG]
  5. Turkenlover

    Turkenlover Songster

    Jan 14, 2010
    Nice coop! Good to have you here! [​IMG]
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    Nice coop

  7. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Welcome to BYC. That is an awesome coop! I, too, hope your girls recover and start laying for you - they certainly have a perfect place to do it!

  8. dustyw

    dustyw In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2010
    no it took me about 3 weeks in the evenings. I already had it started before the wind came, so I just hit hard until it was finished. Its completely insulated, floors walls and ceiling, including the nest box. The orange pex lines you can see hanging out in the corner is the radiant heat in the floor. I would like to experiment with solar heat and if that does not work, I can hook it up to my outside wood boiler pretty easy and have all the heat I need. But thats for next year, It actually stayed pretty warm in there all winter with it being insulated.
  9. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    Hello from Tx, Very nice coop/run, I bet they will very happy there! I can imagine the shock and a half they got when the chickens home blew over! Looks like that won't be happening again.
  10. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    Welcome! Very nice chicken coop.[​IMG]

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