Old horse stall into a chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FATHERFORD, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. FATHERFORD

    FATHERFORD Chirping

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    Got most of my new chicken coop built. Still have a few finishing touches. 12'x14'. Stall faces south so the south wind should keep it "cool" in the hot and humid days, but keep it plenty work in the winter.

    Raised the floor 6 inches. The barn flooded 2" during the "1000 year flood" we just had in Houston. Still need to finish the ceiling, add my lights/power, and a few other odds and ends.

    Debating on redoing the roost to make them all equal height. Seeing how the chickens like them.
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  2. kwebb

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    Looks really good. How many chickens do you plan to have in it?
     
  3. FATHERFORD

    FATHERFORD Chirping

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    We currently have 7 hens, 13 pullets, and 10 chicks. Might get a few more but that will most likely be it. Might start selling pullets here locally. I made a big brooder so might as well take advantage of it. 20180303_171329.jpg 20180304_150251.jpg
     
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  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    looks great!
     
  5. Percheron chick

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    That's an ideal design for your climate. More people need to follow your lead. I have a more traditional stall that I use as my coop. Easily works for 30 birds. I use a second stall to raise pullets. 25-30 in a batch. My profit is about $7 per pullet. Helps pay the layer feed bill.
     
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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I agree.

    I hate seeing the closed up coops in hot climates
     
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  7. Texas Kiki

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    Me TOO!

    It's just too darn hot year round down here in Houston for a closed up coop.
    I don't see how people build them and use them and keep their birds alive in them.


    @FATHERFORD Great job!
    It looks great!
     
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  10. Percheron chick

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    To answer your roost height question, have roosts at 2,3 and 5 feet. The 5 footer was for the guinea. Chickens quickly decided that it was the one. The 5' is always full. The 3' will have the fatties (Brahma and Cochin) and older hens. The lower ones are only used by pullets until they are part of the flock. Your ladder roosts looks great but I have found that the highest roost is what they all want.
     
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