Things you've learned while building your coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Zahboo, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I figured to help those who are planning, building, adjusting or destroying their coop! Everyone has their own opinions. List what you wish you had, or what not. I'll start:

    1. Make it BIGGER. It's always too small when it's time to get spring chicks!
    2. Have an accessible run. This comes in handy.
    3. Tall enough to walk into, it is hard to reach 4 feet back!
    4. Raised wall around the floor to hold in shavings
    5. Nesting boxes accessible from outside.
    6. Pulley system or automatic pop door

    KEEP IT GOING. Try not to repeat things, but if you do it's okay
  2. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Water-proof the roof, very well, of both the pen and coop areas. Your chickens will thank you for it.
  3. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    7. Cut once after measuring 2 (or 3, or 200)
    8. Safety glasses when sawing
    9. For the less cordinated, watch the fingers when hammering
    10. Screws are removable easier than nails!
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  4. GaDawg

    GaDawg Songster

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
    11. make nest box lower than the roosts
    12. read all posts on BYC before you
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    13. Make the latch on the pen such that it cannot POSSIBLY close and latch itself and lock you inside [​IMG]

  6. bluie

    bluie Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Don't forget to make a poo board. Don't make the run roof and door 1" lower than the top of your head. Give the bottom of the run door more clearance so you can get it open even when there is a little ice and snow in front of it.
  7. jkg

    jkg In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2009
    If possible, have all roosts at same level in the coop to reduce fighting over the "alpha" roost.
  8. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I like this post, we are building coop when weather gets warmer. Some good ideas. Keep it going. [​IMG]
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  9. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I'm glad you like this thread. That's the point, (maybe in a few weeks it will be sticky worthy [​IMG] ) lol.

    I thought of something else,

    Round the edges of the roost and have big enough roosts so that they can protect the toesies from frostbite.


    4 sq foot per bird and 10 sq foot for run for STANDARDS
    2 sq foot per bird and 5 sq foot for run for BANTAMS

    12x15 pop door for standards 10x10 for bantams
    About the same for nest boxes.

    Have nestboxes easy to clean.

    CLEAN WATER AT ALL TIMES which may mean raised feeder and waterers

    Chainlink runs aren't that safe, since they can stick out their heads.

    Chicken wire can be torn up by predators.
  10. Expect to have predators and have a good plan to defeat them. A hot wire along the top of the fence has worked well for me.

    make your coop easy for your wife to clean out
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