Open air coop/pen

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by welasharon, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I first started with an open air pen/coop that was about 8x10. Then of course that was not enough so I decided to build an addition for the banty hen that was being picked on. Course by the time I got the addition done she had integrated just fine so I decided the second pen could be for them all and I was going to need a more protected area for them for winter. I cut an opening between them and am going to hang a screen door between the two pens so I can section them off if need be.
    First pen is on the right and was built under an existing arbor to help with the killing Florida heat.
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    This is the outside (still unpainted) side of the second pen.
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    This is the view towards the front of my house. The pens are inside my picket fence in the side of my front yard.
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    This is the roost/nest box in the first pen. I intend to move it into the second one better protected from the elements than from the blue tarp here.
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    This shot shows the opening going into the second pen and shows the full back and partial side walls for winter protection.
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    I need to figure out how I want to do the nest box and roost in the protected part. Oh, the first pen had pine shavings and then I pushed it to the back part and added sand. Now, of course, it is a nice mixture of the two. The second pen has pine shavings only for now. I had no idea having chickens was so much work!...but so worth it.
    Sharon
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice!

    The "chicken lifesytle" can certainly provide a lot of exercise with all the construction projects you discover you want to do. That's actually one of the things I like about it. I don't think I've ever been in such good shape, and it's thanks to my chickens!
     

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