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They not only have a coop, but a SHELTER as well.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ~GoneWild~, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. ~GoneWild~

    ~GoneWild~ Out Of The Brooder

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    So my chickens have a very basic chicken coop meant only for sleeping and being kept safe and dry while doing so.. SO beings I live in the Pacific Norwest, we've an abundance of rain and I don't like for them to be all sad and soggy therefor the inexpensive fix of the creative thinker!
    I had two doghouses lifelessly laying around and a VERY limited budget. So this is the end result.

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    A couple of 2X4's drilled to the top of these bad boys and layered 4 wooden slats on top of them to form a more structuraly sound roof. That's currogated tin up top. Folded some across the back too then covered the bottom of the back-side with an 8ft peice of very heavy wood we had laying around..

    [​IMG] Not the most beautiful thing in the world, but my chickens sure do appreciate it! Only 37 dollars! [​IMG]
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Smart thinking! :thumbsup
     
  3. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they perch in one and lay in the other? Will chickens sort themselves out in that way?
     
  4. Great idea!!! Cheap is good! Now I feel foolish making my $500 coop and run.... LOL Do you have any predator issues?
     
  5. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great job!

    Being in the PNW (N ID) also, I know your rain woes. We registered the most rainfall ever for the month of March. Something like 8 inches. It's been crazy wet here. Supposed to see some sun this weekend. We can't wait!!
     
  6. ~GoneWild~

    ~GoneWild~ Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, we have an ABUNDANCE of predators, mostly coyotes and raccoons and HAWKS. I had 3 geese that would prove to be wonderful watch dogs but they make ALOT of noise and I sold them... wouldn't you know it a few weeks later AFTER I let my chickens out (this morning actually) two coyotes decided they'd have a Jersey Giant feast... They tried to get my rooster but he's too quick and booked it up to the house screaming the whole way.. that's how I knew something was wrong.. OTHER than that the coop works great, I don't have any issues there.. but I WAS NOT expecting those dang coyotes to strike in the day time! They got my hen at 8:40 this morning! My mom chased them away but it was too late for my hen.. the stupid coyotes wouldn't even run all the way away! They'd just run a few feet away from my mom and then turn around and look at her. I called my buddy, he's got a 22-- that's my solution to predation. Sorry to those who may think it's mean but when coyotes stop being scared of people they're then a threat. I let my chickens free range on our 51/2 acres in the day time even though they have a 100 plus square foot enclosure to roam with their coop and shelter... free range helps cut down on feed. [​IMG] plus it's much healthier. I'm sorry you spent so much on your coop? LOL, I'm CHEAP and don't have that kind of money to spend on a fancy coop... Here's my coop-- [​IMG] It has wooden slats that you can't really see for roosting, they have a metal shelving unit to nest in and also the hay barn..

    [​IMG] My kids in this pin are 3 and 4 months old.. with my 7 month old sweet rooster named Junior (not pictured) these are my 4 month old welsummer girls-- they're soooo friendly!
     
  7. ~GoneWild~

    ~GoneWild~ Out Of The Brooder

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    My other chickens don't like to roost in the pin they like a nice quiet place AWAY from the other chickens-- typically they go in the carport between two bales of hay.. or in the hay barn. My girls in this pin won't lay eggs for a nother couple months yet.. but they will figure it out.. they have ALOT of places where they can lay eggs.. in or out of their pin.


     

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