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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenlover237, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    Absolutely stunning build but such a shame to use flimsy poultry wire over such a magnificent construction. See posts #3951 and #3959 above.
     
  2. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want the coop taller put it on top of a running row of cinderblocks or bricks or paver stones. Sometimes just adding a couple-three inches can make a comfortable difference plus provide a digger critter proof base. We added 4" to our little 4x6 coop and it made better headroom for cleanouts, etc.
     
  3. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would use 2 or 3 feet at least of smaller guage hardwire along the bottom base of the run. It'll deter foraging rodents, crawling snakes, and raccoon paws trying to snag the chickens' heads or legs or stray dog or cat paws reaching through the pen.

    LOVE the overhang roof - really a bonus you'll appreciate in rainy weather!
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    @mrsfluff100 First off, let me tell you....you did an outstanding job on your coop and run!! With that said, I do have one suggestion I noticed from your picture of the main coop:

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    VENTILATION! From your avatar/signature I can't tell what part of the country you live in, but it appears there is only that small "slider" on the main coop for ventilation...yikes!! [​IMG] You really need to put at the very least a second window of sorts...that little coop with your birds in it will generate a LOT of heat.
     
  5. Pineridge

    Pineridge Just Hatched

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    Here are a few more updated pictures of our coop. I took the advice given on here and used 8" cap block under the run fence panels and then back filled it with dirt that will be seeded. The roof is made with PVC flexed across from the sides and then covered with nylon netting that is stapled to the top of the fence panels and wire tied to the PVC cross members. I know the run is not "predator proof" but the coop itself I feel pretty confident is secure. I still need to finish putting up the wire and lattice underpinning and install the aluminum vent panels between the rafters. I also added a small roof over the external nesting boxes to help keep them dry as suggested. We picked up our first four hens a few days ago and so far everything has went well and they seem content and happy. Thanks everyone for the help and the advice.

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  6. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you my "100% is ALMOST good enough" older daughter (only when it was school work, not so around the house)??


    I actually got the Anconas because I wanted a colorful egg basket and white is a color [​IMG] Are there any white (large) egg layers BESIDES the Mediterraneans? The Cubalayas are for the "cute" factor. They don't seem to get into trouble with the bigger girls even though they are 2/3 the size. I don't know if it is because they are small and fast or if the bigger girls figure they don't need to show authority over a runt chicken. I got the Faverolles because I thought my daughter would like the "fluffiness". She is fine with never getting any more since they are so broody.

    My BAs are great (though Zorra has done the broody thing 3 times now, but breaks easily). Echo is about the same size as the Anconas and EE, Zorra is bigger. Neither cause trouble in the flock as far as I can tell and the Anconas leave them alone for the most part. The only problem I have with Echo is she makes a shrill whistle sound that is grating and goes on too long. I have no idea what she is telling me. Echo, SHUT UP! [​IMG] But then Peep (Cubalaya) "squwarks" a LOT, begging for food and the Faverolles squawk loud and long. They can shut up too!

    My Partridge Chanteclers (one died for no known reason in March) aren't particularly skittish. My perspective might be skewed though because I don't have "lap chickens" I have laying hens. Spoiled but not pets so if people say a breed it skittish or flighty, maybe it is because they DO want lap chickens?

    I built my broody buster last spring. Big enough for 3 birds (only because I had scrap wood that was about that size, less cutting). I'm thinking I should split it in half since I have a broody problem. My wife said Laura and Zorra were in the box together while I was gone with the girls. Maybe there is some connection to their squabbles there. Laura was out again yesterday and for no reason I could see, jumped Zorra AGAIN. Cloud of black feathers. Happened fast, I guess she hit with her claws. Stuffed her back in the broody box. I let her out this morning and she seems better ... so far.

    But Anais (Faverolles) is broody AGAIN. She was broody while we were gone not 2 weeks ago. I made her stay out of the nest for 15 minutes but she kept heading back in so I took the plastic egg out and replaced it with a freezer pack in a plastic bag. She kind of squatted over it and pecked around at the nest shavings, then sat down. MAYBE it will cool her off enough. Didn't work when my wife did it to Laura 2 weeks ago but she had been broody for some time.

    If these stupid broodies don't knock it off, their second year production won't be down 20% it will be down 75%. I don't expect the girls to lay eggs 7 days a week but going broody and letting them stay that way for a month or two several times a year, then not lay in the winter isn't in the cards.

    I have a slide bold latch the takes a lock, or in my case a carabiner. I used a hasp at first but they tend to have some slop and the door could be pulled open a bit. Since the hasp was about 3' up, I worried something could pull the door out at the bottom far enough to squeeze in.

    You need a whiskey barrel and checker board out on the porch of your "old west" coop [​IMG] It looks great.
    I'm not going to mention how worthless chicken wire is in protecting the flock.

    I'm not going to mention how worthless chicken wire is in protecting the flock.

    You and me both. I figured I had it made converting the horse stall to a coop since it already had 2x4 welded wire over the openings on three sides except the opening for the horse (just a 3' high piece of plywood door) of which I have ZERO. All I had to do was put in a 4x4 post so the very well made door covered with 2x4 welded wire I found in the barn (there are 4 or 5 [​IMG] ) would have something to swing to and make a chicken door in the rest of the space with wire above. EASY and CHEAP! Then I started reading about coop protection. I wouldn't have to worry about the larger predators getting through the welded wire and the walls are wood to 4' high so no grabbing through except right where the roost is against the sides, but I know the people we bought the place from lost chickens to weasels in their coop (in the smaller barn and not at all predator proof). So, off to Amazon I went to get 1/2" hardware cloth. It was the biggest expense by far until I got the Pullet Shut door last spring since I covered the floor, ceiling and all the other areas that were not solid wood including the door.

    Bantams I hope? Doesn't look like much head room in the second floor "apartment".

    The ramp looks kind of steep but given the size of your birds, I think they probably fly to near the top anyway.
    I think the nest boxes are on the left under the poop board and blocked off. Is that a "reach in through the side" to collect design or is something not shown?

    Very good point. And besides the possibility of heat in summer, the bigger threat to inadequate ventilation is build up of ammonia (from the chicken poop) and humidity which can lead to respiratory problems and frostbite. It is POSSIBLE there are vents along the eaves and the ridge which would be great since there is no threat of drafts over the birds.

    Looks great but I think you need to raise the price of your eggs, you'll go broke selling them for $0.10/dozen!

    Bruce
     
  7. meralgia

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    Very beautiful Coop!! You should name it something like the Silkie Saloon or the Bantam Brothel...
     
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  8. RachRed

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    I built this by myself...slowly over several months. Not bad for a pregnant lady w no building experience lol! I'm proud of myself and my chicks love it!
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  9. Yellowcoop1

    Yellowcoop1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice job. Love the quirky colors. Very cool. I like the abstract opening on the top as well.

    From everything I read on here (I will pass along what I have gleaned). I would worry about the top of your coop being open. Raptors can get your flock, especially with the convenient huge perch in the middle of your run to watch them from. I don't know if you have raccoons, but if you do I bet they can easily climb the fence and get your girls.
     
  10. RachRed

    RachRed Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! All the openings are secured with hardware cloth. In theory, the run only needs to be day predator proof as I'm locking them up at night. It's a chicken wire run but it's enclosed in a 4' chain link yard. I am worried about hawks so I ordered a 50x50' net to cover it in.
     

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