Newbie questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bnew17, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. bnew17

    bnew17 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    22
    Feb 3, 2010
    GEORGIA
    Im planning on building a very basic coop to accomodate 3 hens. The enclosed picture is the basic idea im going to use. A few questions i have.

    Do the chickens poop and all outside on the ground or will they go inside the house? Or both?

    What should i put on the floor of the house?

    What goes in the nesting boxes? Wood chips?

    Im going to try and have this coop built this weekend. I found a guy who is selling some light brahmas and is going to hold off taking them to the sale so i can buy them. Thanks alot

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,844
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! That's a fine coop and you will have happy hens!! As to your questions:
    -Chickens poop pretty much wherever they are and whenever they want. So, yes...count on poop in the coop.
    -Some folks use sand in the coop. Others use hay or straw or pine shavings. You can put down some scrap linoleum if you wish for hosing out on occasion but you have to.
    -My birds quickly quick out shavings in the nest box so I use hay or straw.

    Good luck to you!
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    12,406
    495
    338
    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! x2 on redsoxs's advice, too bad they can't be trained to poop in a certain location :)
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,807
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    :welcome
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    83,644
    12,080
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]the coop looks nice my only suggestion would be if he is using chicken wire, to upgrade to 1/2" hardware cloth which is a good deterent for an assortment of predators. Chicken wire, is too thin, too flimsy(it droops) and only keep chickens in, doesn't keep predators out.
     
  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,712
    83
    158
    Jul 22, 2013
    Welcome to the site! Best of luck to you and your flock :)
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    18,902
    1,326
    396
    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I second both Redsox and Diva's advice - and would also suggest a trip to the Learning Center to look into some of the basics of chicken keeping.
     
  8. bnew17

    bnew17 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    22
    Feb 3, 2010
    GEORGIA
    How high above the floor of the coop should the nest boxes be? It looks like they are flush in rhe picture above
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    33,753
    698
    428
    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by