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Our new chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jengrantmorris, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. jengrantmorris

    jengrantmorris In the Brooder

    We have four hens, and two baby chicks. We knew our old coop wouldn't be sufficient for 6 chickens so I designed this new coop and DH and I built it. We're very proud of it [​IMG]

    Pictures and details are on my blog.

    We've made four modifications so far:
    1) stapled wire mesh inside the window so we can leave it open in the summer
    2) DH made a ramp / ladder for the girls to get up onto the perch as they were being silly about it
    3) We put a lid on the food tub, with a hole cut in the middle so they can still eat but not scratch the food out everywhere
    4) DH put a board across the middle nesting box as the girls like to nestle up against a wall when they sleep and didn't want to do so against the wall over the door

    Other than that it's worked out great and we're pleased with it.

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Very nice coop! I love the colors!
  3. chixmaidservice

    chixmaidservice Chirping

    Oct 13, 2013
    Absolutely beautiful coop, too much "crawl under" space tho to work in my area... hoping you have fatter predators in New Zealand!
  4. jengrantmorris

    jengrantmorris In the Brooder

    Thanks. The only predators we have to worry about are occasional hawks (although I've never seen one) and random neighbourhood dogs (we are in the process of building a fence, although we are renting).
  5. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I would be concerned about the lack of a barrier to a dog digging under the edge of the coop.

    It is an attractive addition to your yard.


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