Opinions on this coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JensChickies, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    These designs (see link) will be much more comfortable in all but very far northern climates, and will also give them the ventilation they need. Chickens do not suffer from cold down to well below freezing as long as they have shelter, but they can die from heat. The limited space makes pecking and feather pulling much more likely, as well.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/163417/please-show-me-your-hot-weather-coops/0_20

    As you can see from this design, even in snow areas, they do not need an enclosed coop:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/445004/woods-style-house-in-the-winter/0_20
     
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it does seem a little cozy. I have 3, but I will plan getting one more. 2 rocks and (soon) two langshans. My chickens free range so they are really only in their coop at night. My budget is about 600.00. I would loooove to have a walk in coop that is bigger and sturdy, I just don't have that kind of money right now or somebody that's willing to build it. Any suggestions for coops on a budget? :cd
     
  5. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Have you checked on Craigs List? Sometimes you can find old sheds people just want to get rid of if you'll come and break them down and take them. Just thinkin' .... [​IMG] But I sure wouldn't waste money on those pre-fab coops.
     
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  6. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oohhhhh good idea on Craigslist. I will check on sheds there.
     
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    iawoodchip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A guy down the road from me, sometimes will even house a couple small breeds chickens in a old milk can, free range situation. I started with a small coop like the one you pictured. On second thought, I almost would have been just as happy with a large Igloo dog house.
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  8. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    You bet! I mean even if it's in 'rough' shape you can fix it up...let us know if you find one!! [​IMG]
     
  9. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So with a shed do you build nesting boxes and put up perches for them to roost on? I think if I find a shed that needs a little loving I can get more bang for my buck and it will be better to keep the raccoons out.
     
  10. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Absolutely! You know when I first got started and was researching, etc., to find the best fit for me, I went with a shed style, mostly because I'm an 'ol senior citizen and wanted to be able to walk in to tend the coop! [​IMG] The thought of having to get on all fours just doesn't cut it for me anyways. I bought a new shed LifeTime Sheds, it's 5' x 8', had some neighbors hehlp me put it together, then I built my run attached to it, putting a pophole on the one end. Now if I have to clean the coop, etc., I just lower the pop hole keeping the girls in the run and I can open both doors and have at it!

    I built my nest boxes and roost bar/poop tray by myself (darn proud of myself, too!)
     

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