Show me your silkie coops!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fancbrd4me02, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone! I am hatching my first Silkies and am about to start builing them thier own housing. I need ideas and suggestions for how to build Silkie housing that suits them and thier special needs.
    Some things I am taking into consideration:
    1. I am in a mild climate, there is more heat here than wet or extreme cold.
    2. Must be predator safe/enclosed
    3. Easy for me to acess and clean. Easy for silkies to use.
    4. What kind of flooring/bedding is best for silkies?
    5. Group housing for a small flock of silkies. (10+)

    I would love any advice and pictures of the solutions any of you silkie owners have come up with. Thank You!
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    This is my future silkie coop...just sold almost everything shown in here and now just have a few silkies and cochins taking over this "coop" It is located in our shed which is heated by a wood stove [​IMG]

    This is our shed before I added the 2x4 wall with chicken wire.
    The wall went up right where this picture was taken.

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    And this is the coop after the wall was built:

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  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    you may already know this,but what I learned is that they don't fly or roost off the ground. Mine won't use a ramp either, at least not a long or steep one - they just pile up under it.
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    your silkies in that picture are a pretty color!
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I hatched all of mine from shipped eggs last year, so have not had any silkie broodies yet - but am wondering what accomodations they will need different from my large stock. hope you get some good responses I will be watching.
     
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

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  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hubby is in the process of building this one!
     
  8. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Will silkies go up to a second story like the one in the pen above? How high/steep is too steep?
     
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Mine would climb a 45 degree branch ramp up to a 2 foot off the ground coop.
     
  10. Woods_Woman

    Woods_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2009
    Oregon Rain Forest
    seminolewind- The guy that makes these and sell's plans for this coop lives very close by to me, been thinking about buying one, He advertises them on our local CL..Enjoy it sure is cute. Here are some nice pictures of it from CL, would like to know how much it actually cost you to build it yourself. http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/grd/1565169715.html
     
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