The Best Little Hen House in Texas - Our New Coop and Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DirtDiva, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. DirtDiva

    DirtDiva Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some pictures of our new coop and run. My husband insulated the coop and installed windows and vents for ventilation. The coop is raised off the ground to allow hens shade and dust bath. He covered the windows with hardware cloth. The run will be covered with aviary netting. There will be hardware cloth installed around bottom of run fencing, hot wires installed several inches above ground on run and also at top of run. Nite Guards will be installed on the corners of the house. Chicks due to arrive mid-April!

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    50x40ft Run which will have aviary netting on top. Veggie garden adjacent to run. Husband will make entrance to garden allowing chickens to forage when garden is in dormant stage.



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    Entry and storage

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    Roosts and poop board

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    Nesting boxes

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    Chicken entrance

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    Coop sign :)
     
  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Your coop/run look wonderful! Your chickens will love it.
     
  3. kimmie6067

    kimmie6067 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am soooooooo jealous!! Wonderful coop and run awesome!
     
  4. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats what I want to do too... how good is aviary netting at keeping out predators?
     
  5. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love it![​IMG]
     
  6. kappelmd

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    Looks great. The chickens will be happy in their new home...[​IMG]
     
  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Texas has a hen house in it! Are you going to name your rooster Burt Reynolds and one of the hens Dolly Parton? [​IMG]

    It looks very nice.

    Why is there a padlock on the chicken door? Can the chickens unlatch the door? :)

    What are the nesting boxes? Did you buy them that way or did you make them?

    What kind of chickens will you have, and how many will you have?
     
  8. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    real nice coop and run
     
  9. beefmaster

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    thats a fine looking henhouse an run you have there.
     
  10. DirtDiva

    DirtDiva Out Of The Brooder

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    Guess we'll find out how good it is at keeping predators out. [​IMG] It's primarily to keep hawks/owls out. Hot wire and Nite Guard will be installed to keep night critters out. There are several sites online to purchase different types/strengths of aviary netting.





    Ordered pullets so don't PLAN on having roos (know how that goes!). But if we get one, Burt Reynolds will be the name! [​IMG]

    We originally had a carabiner clip to secure the chicken door. After some thought about coons managing to open the clip, we decided to padlock instead. The chickens will have access to the key.[​IMG]

    The nesting boxes are cat litter boxes with the opening cut larger. Wanted something we could remove and completely clean. Ordered them online as they were less expensive than the removable plastic or aluminum nest boxes. They are each situated so they can't be tipped over. Nice thing about shape is hens can not get on top to poop or roost!

    We ordered pullets from Meyer Hatchery - 2 each of the following: Australorp, Barnevelder, Easter Egger, Speckled Sussex, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock and Welsummer. I'm tempted to add 3-4 Bantams to the order - just because I think they are cute. [​IMG]
     

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