Prep for this coop is hot hard work!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jeria, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Working on leveling and predator protecting while getting ready to put in a simple brick foundation for the coop and run. A slight slope has meant 40+ bags of dirt, cement blocks hauled and it still needs to be leveled, hope no more dirt needed. 1/2 inch 2 foot hardware cloth as a skirting all around that will be anchored by the bricks on top and additional welded wire garden rabbit fencing on the 3 sides that don't have the cement blocks. If I see any signs of digging I will add welded wire also on that low side. The temps and humidity has sored here so trying to get as much done in the morning today since no commitments like last weekend and this afternoon dangerous for hard work. I'll post a photo later and would love some comments as to it's security. Lots of coons in my neighborhood.
     
  2. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this going to be enough to stop the coons from digging under ? None of the foundation bricks are laid yet.
     

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  3. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I would think that's pretty dig proof.
     
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    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your reply. I'm finding this much like any re-model project: The prep takes much more time than expected, especially with hot humid days that my asthma takes control and forces me to quit. Several inches of rain last night has turned the site into soggy mud. The foundation work may have to wait yet again though a cooler day.
     
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    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Back in March, I asked my wife if I needed to build a new brooder or do any remodeling in the coop, expecting her to want more chicks this spring. She said "no, we have enough for right now".
    Beginning of May, we had 2 hens hatch out 12 chicks, 8 survived. No big deal, we still have plenty of room. 3 weeks ago my wife ordered 25 chicks from McMurray's. 26 arrived, all survived. She also brought home another 5 chicks the same day her order arrived, all survived.
    We have 4 other hens sitting on 5-6 eggs each. If only half survive that's another 10 or more. The heat index is at 100 degrees here already. Right now it's 7pm. The temp is 84 and the humidity is 82%. And I need all kinds of remodeling to hold these 40+ new chickens that we weren't supposed to be getting.
    This could have been done in March when it was 70, but noooooo we aren't getting any chicks this year! But at least I'm not dragging 40 bags of dirt around. I feel for you...
     
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    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness!! The heat and humidity is worse in LA, than here in MO. So sorry. Dirt has been drug out there. So now the business of building the coop and leveling the site--interesting-- as never built a building or designed one. Now am working on completing both. I only have 4 chicks, not 40!!!
     
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    Birdinhand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd make sure the hardware cloth goes 2 ft in the ground at a 45 degree angle away from the inside of the coop. I've found that back filling the trench with gravel makes it virtually impossible for rats to dig and they seem to be the best at digging deep holes. and yes, the preparation is the most work but so much less than having to solve a problem after the chickens arrive! if you do it right, you'll basically never have to do it again.
     
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    morganalefae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better to over do it if you can afford it then under do it. I'm quite lucky my land is mostly flat and me and the hubby are remodeling a new area for our current 6 layers and the 7-8 chicks that I have hatched in the last week and a half once they are older. The area we are remodeling is a raised garden area were they not only raised it but put large thick patio tiles under the lot and put in dirt so no real worries in terms of digging. But I know the heat and humidity thing I live in the UK now and last night at 11pm is was 80-90f with 65% humidity blah I feel for ya.
     
  9. Dmontgomery

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    That's 40 new chicks to go with the 31 already in the coop.
    Your coop/run looks pretty big for just 4 chickens. Didn't you say it was going to be 10x8? Which roof design did you decide on? I see that your first estimate was 20 bags of dirt and now it's double. That always happens to me too. Any plan I make costs twice as much as expected and takes 3 times longer. I hope it gets done by the time the chicks are big enough to move in.
    One advantage of the heat; I haven't had to use the brooder heat lamp in the past week. At least we don't live in Phoenix, it's supposed to be 119 there!
     
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    morganalefae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    119 wow I would melt. and I think plans costing more and taking longer that happens to the best of us lol
     

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