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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Leigti, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is anybody familiar with this coop plan? I'm thinking about doing something similar to it. But I was wondering what people think of it in general. I would be keeping about 10 birds in it at night, free range during the day. And I want the roosts all on one level. [​IMG]
    So what do you think?
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good but If it was I,, then I would just build it larger with bottom area included in coop and able to walk inside. The underneath is just unnecessary unless you are tight for space. It would be the run then.
    WISHING YOU BEST [​IMG]
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    It looks nice, but i'm strongly in the using a shed as a coop brigade - so much easier to build / erect and allows for the age old problem of "chicken maths".

    CT
     
  4. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not really short on space. The chickens will roam the yard most of the day. I know what you mean by chicken math:) But I am trying to control myself. But I will be going from 2 to 10. I do not plan to have food or water in the coop itself. It will be built right beside my garage. I will also build a run so they can be confined if I'm out of town etc.
    Is it cheaper to buy one of those prefab sheds or build one yourself? I may have to re-thinksome things. I am not made of money, but I don't plan on ever building another coop either. I am looking to make it as low maintenance as possible.
     
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    I honestly can't comment on the cost differences as i live in Kenya and we can't buy prefab sheds. Maybe even a second hand corrugated metal / plastic affair would be something to consider? - no issues with rotting wood, can be hosed down (particularly if you put it on concrete). Like you, i am certainly not made of money - i converted my shed by putting some tree branches for roosts and plastic basins for nests - if you look at my profile you will see what i did. I don't normally live in this property as we usually rent it out, so i needed to do something at lowest possible cost as it will more than likely be gutted at some point (assuming the next tenants don't want chickens).

    Good luck

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree wit CTHen as to so much easier to build a simple shed. Not sure what your budget is, but it is usually cheaper to build your own. If you buy one of those prefab sheds, they are built barebone minimum. If you build yours that way , then it wont cost much ether. Consider the convenience of having food and water inside coop on rainy days or If you have winters, ( not sure of your location) snow in your feed. When you are not able to be home, how will chickens be fed??? If you have feed inside coop, PROBLEM SOLVED... You also state that you do not plan to build another coop ever. Consider one of such as pictured for about $200. They will not handle 10, but 4 to 5 might be OK. [​IMG]
     
  7. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have coop similar to the one pictured. It did work good for 2 to 3 chickens but sure won't hold the 8 to 10 I'm planning on :) A friend of mine will help me build it, let's be real she'll build it and I'll help her. Definitely have winter here, hasn't been above freezing for a week. If I build a more enclosed walk in type coupe then I could have food and water inside. Otherwise I will have it out in the run but that section will be covered. I am going to look through the coop section again and check out the walk in types. I don't mind spending money for quality, I'd rather build one good coop then have to rebuild something in a couple three years.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    The only decent design feature here is the monitor roofline....but they screw that up by not having it open for ventilation.

    Another cute but too small, too short coop.....with no ventilation or windows for light.
     
  9. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought about doing something like it, where the sides would be 4 feet tall and then Cupolla running the entire length of it with windows that could open and vents. As well as adding more windows to it. Is 4 feet for the bottom wall tall enough, I want to put in roostsall at the same level at about 2 feet or so with a poop board underneath. Leaving about 20 inches of headroom for the chickens. That way they would have the floorspace of the entire coop to be in if the weather was really bad. 8 x 4 equals 32 feet.
    Am I right that most of the Vance should be above their heads when they're on the roost so that the air does not go directly on them? I still need to do a lot of research on that. I look at pictures and it seems like The placement of vents Windows etc. is sort of random. I like the Cupolla running the entire lengthbecause if you put vents all the way along it it lets out a lot of hot air in the summer. I understand what to do in the summer but still a little confused as to make it the right airflow for winter.
     
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