Snaplock Coop and Ador door....PERFECT!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by workaholic90, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. workaholic90

    workaholic90 Out Of The Brooder

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    Howdy ya'll........just a post to let chicken keepers know about the snaplock coop.....it's awesome and we just put on the automatic door, my life is officially better. No more waking up very early. Does anyone know if there is a battery operated light that goes off and on based on a timer? I want to put just a little light in the coop to let them have some time to settle in on the roosting bars.

    Gosh I love chickens!
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  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chickens will parade into the coop when they think it is dark enough. They will roost right away. It won't be dark enough for them to need supplemental light for roosting.

    Just watch them some evening. You will see how they go inside to roost. It will still be somewhat light out, but bedtime for them.

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  3. workaholic90

    workaholic90 Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess the other question I have is we have sand on the floor and did all spring/summer. I am thinking of using straw in the winter to provide some extra heat but do I just keep packing ontop of it and how do i keep the girls from stepping on it. They don't like to stay inside the coop very often and I am guessing bc it's small but small is better in the winter bc they will generate some heat and not have some big huge space.

    Suggestions/tutorials are greatly appreciated!!!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I think ADOR is developing a timed light as an add on.

    It's cool that you were able to put that door on that coop!

    Not any windows on that coop huh?

    Where are you located? Knowing your climate would help to make suggestions for bedding.

    Sand can work well in a coop, but maybe not so great in a very cold location.
    Straw can harbor pests, can mold quickly and will not generate heat tho it might insulate the floor.
    Wood shavings is probably your best bet...not sure why you wouldn't want them stepping on it.

    That black base looks hollow underneath, you might be able to put some foam board under there and cover it with a thin piece of plywood so they wouldn't peck at the foam. That would insulate the floor from the cold.
     
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  5. Andykronsch

    Andykronsch Out Of The Brooder

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    auto door. de-lux!
     
  6. kirs10001

    kirs10001 New Egg

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    I want to do this. Did you have to drill into the plastic to attach the wood to the coop or did you attach it some other way?
     
  7. workaholic90

    workaholic90 Out Of The Brooder

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    No....we drilled into the bottom black plastic but not the actual coop. I will take close up pics tomorrow so you can see how we did it. This thing is a friggin' lifesaver!
     
  8. kirs10001

    kirs10001 New Egg

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    Nh
    That would be great thanks. I'm mostly worried about the winter months and want the chickens to be able to run free in the barn during the day.
     

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