To Build Or Not To Build?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Welshies, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I already have a coop, albeit a very mismatched one. It used to be a 4 season duck tractor, and it is very sturdy. I used it for 4-12 ducks. It is 4.5' tall, 6' wide, and 8.5' long. Here is a picture:
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    I have two options. I am going to now be raising chickens (again) and turkeys, as well as maybe some ducks or quail.

    Option 1:
    I modify this coop, give it some walls, take out the middle partition, and floor the outside part. Make it into one large, permanent coop (not a tractor) and use it for young turkeys, and all chickens.

    Option 2:
    I keep this coop as is, besides taking out the middle. I can use it for quail, or turkeys. (Or perhaps ducks). Then, I build a totally different one for chickens.

    What is the best option?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I would build a second one and keep that one for ducks, because likely you will want to keep them seperate because of their mess. Or use it for quail if you get them instead of ducks; but if you get chickens, turkeys, ducks, AND quail likely you will want at least three setups so you can give the ducks their own and the quail their own.

    What type of turkeys (heritage or broad breasted)? How many chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc?
     
  3. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, if we do build, it will have housing for up to 24 chickens, but more comfortably house 16ish. And then 2 or 3 heritage turkeys each year. If I do raise ducks again, then the coop I already have can house up to 10. And if I decide on quail, then up to 40 in the current coop.
    The outdoor run area is 400sqft attached to a three-sided horse shelter that is also part of the run, not the coops
     

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