Our coop turned out great but are we missing something?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tpeila, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. tpeila

    tpeila Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    University Place, WA
    Here are some pics of our coop which is 4x6. Two perches inside and 3 nest boxes. There is an interior floor hatch that the hens can get under the coop for shade or when it rains. One window that opens and of course the door. One side completely opens for cleaning and egg collection. Run is 20x15 with lots for them to chew on and dig in!

    We got our hen who are a year and a half old over 3 weeks ago. They laid spearadically for the first 6 days then NOTHING since. Are they still settling in or did we miss something in the design?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5931382544
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5930823637
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5930822163

    We also have what I think is weird looking chicken poop but then again I don't know if this is normal or not
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5930814973
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    Looks like a nice chicken coop to me [​IMG] Don't know why your hens stopped laying. Mine aren't laying either, but appear perfectly healthy. They could always be coming into a molt or getting broody. I know they stop laying during those times. A factor for me more than you is probably the heat, I imagine you don'y have as much of an issue with it in WA. As for the poo, that looks normal. it all depends on the amount of water they drink and all kinds of stuff. Sometimes when it get s really hot and the birds are drinking non-stop it will be even more runny [​IMG]
  3. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
    Do you lock the coop up at night? Chain link will stop dogs and coyotes but raccoons, skunks and opossums will go over the top and into the coop.

    Also I would criss cross monofilament line across the top of the chain link to keep hawks from swooping in to the run.
  4. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    nice coop! And I agree, make sure they are secure at night, and string or something across the top is a good idea too. Predators can be crafty devils. As for why they aren't laying... how long have they been in the new coop? It's possible is "stress" from being moved from one home to another. Doesn't seem much to us, but can throw them out of a whack for a few days. As long as they are happy and healthy, you should start getting your eggs again soon [​IMG] Heat is also something that can halt egg production.

    Good luck, and nice work on the coop.

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