Specific coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by moonunit, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. moonunit

    moonunit Hatching

    Apr 23, 2007
    Howdy, all,
    New to chickens and lovin'it!
    I have 3 two-month old "pollitos" (chicks) that are currently overnighting in a large cardboard box in my home. I want to build a coop, but being new to these animals I am unsure how to proceed. Let me give you info and hopefully some of you would be kind enough to furnish information in return that will help me to build an appropriate "home"for my birds.
    We live in central Mexico above 6,000 feet altitude. Winters usually consist of several hard frosts in January/February.
    Spring comes in March, and April/May are darned hot. Rains begin anywhere between May and July and last about three months. It never snows.
    I intend to build my coop inside my barn, which remains dry but is subject to lots of fresh air. I have the usual suspects as predators to include skunks, snakes, possibly rats. Because of snakes, I will not be using chicken wire. My birds are for pleasure and fresh eggs, but not for meat. They will be free range birds during the day. They currently terrorize my garden, but as they grow older and larger, I expect they will go further afield. I wish to include a roost area and an egg-laying area, and all easy to clean. I am most unsure about how chickens are affected by drafts and such. Most coops I've looked at seem like they would be awfully hot - not much provided for in the way of fresh air. My idea is that I could cetainly put up and remove plywood as the weather dictates.
    Any help/information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
  3. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Well the best help about draft ventilation and all that breathing stuff you can find on Patandthechicken (member on BYC) webpage she has explained all that in real details and I think no body knows about this stuff more than her.
    how cold is the coldest tepm you guys get up there where you live?
    and if you have rats and snakes I think you need concrete floor for the coop and make sure that the walls build real sealed and tough, rats can eat wood.
    chicken wire is real easy to be broken by most preditors so I will use some 14 gage welded wire in this case.
    I hope I could help you more, but I am not that good when it come to details.


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