1. kjens2014

    kjens2014 In the Brooder

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    I am on the hunt for good coop ideas, photos, supplies, and advice.

    They are building a house across the street so I am taking advantage of every bit of lumber they decide to toss in their scrap pile!!!

    I'm currently downloading a free CAD software to try to help me really formulate an idea on how I actually want to build my coop and run.

    Anything prefab you can buy, IMHO, is junk, unless you pay through the nose for something custom built.

    My generalized coop idea will be a 4x8 coop, with an attached 12x8 run. completely sheltered overhead.
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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  3. kjens2014

    kjens2014 In the Brooder

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    Its not really asking specific questions.....its more putting the image in my head onto paper. This was more of the "lesson learned" or "hindsight is 20/20" type thing.

    I ditched the CAD software. Too difficult for my brain to follow without instructions. Going old school....paper and pencil.
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Build big! A Woods coop is wonderful; second is a walk-in shed, modified as a coop. Least expensive is a cattle panel hoop coop, built predator proof.
    If you are limited by law to a few hens, that's one thing. If you can have however many you want, 'chicken math' will strike, and you will likely have MANY in no time!
    Mary
     
  5. kjens2014

    kjens2014 In the Brooder

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    I am "limited", but our city is somewhat lax on keeping up with people and their birds. Right now the design plan is a 6x8 coop with an attached 8x16 run, also utilizing the space underneath the coop for additional shade/run space.
     
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    If you have enough yard space, have a walk-in coop rather than that 'under the coop' space. How will you get under there? Cleaning, getting eggs, critters, chickens, dead critters, whatever. Have shade some other way!!!
    Mary
     
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  7. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

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    If you are sold on 4x8 take a look at my coop article. I tried to tell what is working and what I would change. I would mention, this coop size will limit you to about 8 full size chickens.
     
  8. kjens2014

    kjens2014 In the Brooder

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    I have yard space but not a whole lot of shade space, due to having to remove some trees from the property last year that were dead and in danger of falling. Elevating the coop at this point is an option. its not set in stone yet.
     
  9. sfgwife

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    That sure will be small when chick maths come into play. :lau:gig:oops:. Hubby made our like a tiny house. :idunno. Brother kept tellin mister what amenities he needed add for him... like wrap round covered porch, pot belly stove, camper style toilet sink combo.... yea... it was bad. Lol!
     
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    Hahaha i posted before readin through. Oops. Yep. Chicken maths!
     

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