There has to be an easier way....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickiemom25, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Chickiemom25

    Chickiemom25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I had found this site sooner.. I have finished Run #2 (#1 too small and not predator proof)... now have design instructions for building coop #2 since 1 will be too small soon, and I am ready to put in sand box#2.. I don't seem to do anything chicken right the first time. I used a small litter box and well... I can see now when the girls are grown, one full size hen will not fit. I have an old 25gal wash bucket laying around the yard ( former un flippable dog bowl) that I was thinking might be large enough.. anyone have another idea or will the wash tub work?
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You did not give much info as to location, number of birds, ect but based on what I read here are some suggestions....

    Figure out how many birds you are planning for and multiply that by 4 to give yourself the square footage floor space needed INSIDE the coop. Measure the square footage of your completed run and divide by 10 to see how many birds your run can handle. Go by the SMALLER of the two numbers to see the maximum number of birds you can comfortably house.

    A coop is simply a shelter for the birds to roost in. Everything else can be outside if you want as long as it's dry. If your run is secure with skirting, hardware cloth around the lowest part of the run, and a roof or wire top, why not set the coop, raised off the ground so it's chicken usable, inside. Then you don't have security issues and don't have to lock them down every night or get one of those expensive pop doors. Chickens like to be out in all weather, I'm watching mine run around in the rain chasing grass hoppers right now.

    A nest box for about every 5 birds (suggest a minimum of two boxes) can be fancy metal or wood set ups, or as simply as a couple recycle bins, cat litter boxes, or milk crates with some straw in them. Feeders can be suspended about chest high inside the coop or outside under a cover to stay dry. Water founts are usually outside to cut down on mess in the coop, especially if you are going to use chips.
     
  3. Chickiemom25

    Chickiemom25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes I think I have the run and coop issues resolved ( or at least I have a better idea about a new coop). Original intent was 3 hens and right now we potentially have 5 unless there are some roos in my 6-8 week olds. Although A frames are easier to make, less material cost... they are also less usable space which is why I am redesigning.. Also found the PVC frame on the run didn't hold up so well.

    Problem now is how large a sand box for 4 or 5 girls.... will a 25 gall wash tub be large enough?
     
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cement mixing trays make a good sand box for smaller runs - 2 chickens can fit in at the same time. They are cheap -- cost about $6 at a home improvement store. Reasonably durable plastic. A bag of play sand is about right to fill it.
     

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