PVC Coop Almost done!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AuberyMirkwood, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. AuberyMirkwood

    AuberyMirkwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Taking a break from building and will put the finishing touches on this evening.

    Meanwhile the chickies are enjoying all the room, though they have declined to comment on the chicken decor :p

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  2. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice... are you going to keep the chicken decor in there [​IMG]
     
  3. AuberyMirkwood

    AuberyMirkwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh yes [​IMG] My very urban (Follows the fashion scene urban [​IMG]) hubby, while he is quickly warming up to the chickies, can not deal with such red neck decor in the house [​IMG] He shocked me today by commenting that the coop looked great and he loves the pvc look AND he got dirty and helped me build it [​IMG] He's not feminine at all lol but he was so bored at Lowe's I took him to Dillard's afterwards [​IMG]
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Is thatlastic netting used for the walls? If so you may (most likely will) one day discover a predator has ripped it apart and your chickens will be mossing or dead. Also you will find the white zip ties will rot in the sun and become brittle over time and break off.
     
  5. AuberyMirkwood

    AuberyMirkwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It is plastic. Believe it or not but the only predator I have to worry about is hawks. I'll keep an eye on the ties too, my other coop that's at my folks house is still going strong and is three years old. Thanks for the advice [​IMG]
     
  6. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Quote:It is plastic. Believe it or not but the only predator I have to worry about is hawks. I'll keep an eye on the ties too, my other coop that's at my folks house is still going strong and is three years old. Thanks for the advice [​IMG]

    They do have coons in NM you know [​IMG]

    Just a quick story for you....we had no evidence of coons in the area, only hawks. So, we did a bright colored netting over the top of our modified dog kennel. Well, everything went well for 4 years. No sign of any predators, nada. Then we had a coon show up and massacre our birds who were in the run in the daytime. We lost several birds, including my beloved Boo. She gave her life protecting her flock till we could get outside...the coon won that battle.

    So even tho you might not see any signs of them there...I can pretty much guarantee that there are more predators than you know out there than just hawks. Stray dogs can get in the backyard and break thru the netting on the sides, as can pretty much anything...even people. I have even heard of a few people who raise birds that they have seen hawks actually working their way thru the netting to get to the birds. They actually sat on the post and messed with the netting till they had a way in. Long story short...something wants chicken and you aren't home...something will get a chicken dinner.

    Looks like a sweet coop and you worked hard on it [​IMG] Just think about what happened to Boo and her sisters when we thought there were no predators but hawks [​IMG]
     
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  7. AuberyMirkwood

    AuberyMirkwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It is plastic. Believe it or not but the only predator I have to worry about is hawks. I'll keep an eye on the ties too, my other coop that's at my folks house is still going strong and is three years old. Thanks for the advice [​IMG]

    They do have coons in NM you know [​IMG]

    Just a quick story for you....we had no evidence of coons in the area, only hawks. So, we did a bright colored netting over the top of our modified dog kennel. Well, everything went well for 4 years. No sign of any predators, nada. Then we had a coon show up and massacre our birds who were in the run in the daytime. We lost several birds, including my beloved Boo. She gave her life protecting her flock till we could get outside...the coon won that battle.

    So even tho you might not see any signs of them there...I can pretty much guarantee that there are more predators than you know out there than just hawks. Stray dogs can get in the backyard and break thru the netting on the sides, as can pretty much anything...even people. I have even heard of a few people who raise birds that they have seen hawks actually working their way thru the netting to get to the birds. They actually sat on the post and messed with the netting till they had a way in. Long story short...something wants chicken and you aren't home...something will get a chicken dinner.

    Looks like a sweet coop and you worked hard on it [​IMG] Just think about what happened to Boo and her sisters when we thought there were no predators but hawks [​IMG]

    Well I do plan on adding a layer of metal chicken wire around the bottom within a few months, partly because I want to add a bunny to the flock later. I don't think we have coons. We don't even have squirrels. We have coyotes in the country. Here in town we have dogs, cats, skunks, rats, and hawks. I live in a town on the high plains, nearest trees once you get outside of town are hours away. I'm not trying to sound ignorantly stubborn but I grew up in this town. I lived five minutes outside of town and raised chickens for five years. I know the predators around here well. Out in the country I kept chickens, ducks, and pheasants in pens just like this. Three years old and my folks are still using them. I don't know maybe there's plenty of food and they aren't desperate. What ever the reason I only lost eggs to skunks (geese stopped that problem), three free range to stray dogs (again geese fixed that), and a full grown turkey to a hawk (to this day I'm not sure WHY the tiny hawk even tried that lol). I guess I'm just risking it and some day I'll be taught better but it's always worked before.
     

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