Suggestions on Temporary Housing

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

  1. Jakoda

    Jakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    am thinking ahead, this spring we will be rebuilding my Dutch Barn that got demo'd during Storm Sandy.

    The chickies (9 standards) will need to have temp INDOOR housing for atleast a month, I am 'thinking' of building a temp coop inside their run which is 12 x 20+- , What size can I reasonably do without them being freaked out ?

    I was thinking of doing a 4' H x 4' long , 4' "wide'? wider? longer? put 3 nesting boxes in it and their poop board/perch on top of the nest box..

    We literally have to rip the roof off what's left , remove the back wall (picture below) take everything out, and pull the walls back in to square it back up.

    Any ideas on temp housing??
    Thanks in advance

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    below is what the barn looked like before storm sandy
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    Just to add, our rebuild plans will be the same barn/shed, but the center doors will be on the far right, two HUGE windows next to each other on the left side, and chicks will end up with the left 1/2 of the inside for their coop area..
     
  2. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    I think your dimensions are great although I would recommend that you make the temporary coop a little bit taller and a tad bit wider [​IMG]
     
  3. Jakoda

    Jakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your right, I measured out 4 x 4 and darn if I know how I'll be able to bend down to get in there to clean out! Even tho it's temporary, I want to be able to easily get into it...I was thinking "plywood piece sizes",,so heck I may just go with the full sheet, so I can use it elsewhere when I'm done..
    Thanks
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    If you've completely secured the run, as in have welded wire down around bottom to prevent diggers, then why bother making much more than a lean-to shelter with roosting poles in the run for temporary shelter? You are talking about spring chicks after brooding right? Even if full grown just make a temporary nesting box in the lean-to also.
     
  5. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    I like that idea. that would be a nice size coop. I would actually build a small section for them the roost and sleep in then finish building the rest then just connect them togeth. By the way, i like your older coop. Very nice.
     
  6. Jakoda

    Jakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the ideas/suggestions..

    The temp housing is for my current 8 mth old chickens, I have to totally knock down the rest of the shed to rebuild,,so with no shed, they have no indoor coop.

    My run is definitely secure, I am snake paranoid, and believe me, I don't call it Fort Pox for nothing:)) I am probably over worrying they will stress out having to roost/nest in a totally different smaller space than what they've been used to until my rebuild is finished..
     
  7. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    If you close off the are where they normally roost and offer to them another place while you are rebuilding, the chickens would know where to go and they wouldn't mind.
     

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