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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenlover237, Nov 10, 2011.
Glad to have you Chuck. A nice neat coop that you will outgrow fast because of chicken math.
Now that is chicken lovin' at it's best...
Chickens love the seclusion of rounded nestbox holes. Ours are completely round holes and keeps most straw from being scratched out of the nestboxes.
For a pre-fab this is one of the nicer models but as with all pre-fab they usually need to be in an enclosed pen, require a sealer coat, fortified with a paver stone walkway around it's base, and probably covered with tarp to protect from sun rays or rain moisture. We have our little 4x6 under a canopy and tarp the coop to protect from climate damage, plus have a paver walkway/patio around the base (keeps out digging predators). Yours is really one of the nicer pre-fabs but will need just a bit more security work. Someone who assembled this from Amazon said they had to use extra bracing to feel comfortable that the walls would hold more securely.
I love seeing free-ranging chickens - they are at their best in a yard. Ours free-range and we have a pop-up canopy with legs buried about a foot into the soil so it doesn't para-sail away, an Orbit Mister under the canopy for heatwaves, several low lean-to's and a doghouse with some scattered foliage for the chickens to hide/snooze/dive under from aerial predators. Hawks won't swoop after hiding chickens and once saw all 4 of our hens dive into the big doghouse when the cackle alarm sounded.
Stupid chicken math. I ordered that same coop, and now we made it 2 times, and some, as big inside (added a room on the back) , and also enclosed it in a 9 x 14 run, skirted the house after screwing it to a 2x4 frame, and will be skirting the run as well. I have a bucket of sealer ready to go on it when we get the roof done. Chicken math will get you every time. Oh and according to the site we got it from it holds 4 chickens no way it holds 4, plus we have 6, and heavy breeds. lol.
Oh and hi Chuck, welcome to BYC
Here's my finished door...repurposed some boards off of some old pallets for that rustic look. Also found a good use of an old belt.[/IMG]
^^ that looks awesome! I wonder what will happen to the leather after a rain... might make it too tight to get undone... But it sure looks nice
Here's the pic of whole door...still trying to figure out how to post more than one picture at the same time...
It took a minute...finally got it posted. Always learning something new.