Utah winter is here, coop works great!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jeffomatic, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Jeffomatic

    Jeffomatic Out Of The Brooder

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    I built a coop that looks like a big dog house, except it has a sealed "person door" on the end and a pop hole that has an alcove and automatic door. It has a "picture window" that's made out of the frame/glass of an old picture. I insulated the interior with 1/2" foam board covered with hardboard. I heat the coop to 45 degrees F. with an electric space heater controlled by an industrial controller I got for free. So far, my four chickens love it! It got down below zero for a few days and they tolerated confinement very well. I use pine shavings for litter and vacuum out the house about every two weeks. On warmer days they free-range all day on my 1/3 acre and roost/lay in the chicken house. When it's snowy, I lay down a board for a "pecking patio." I have it lit up with a timer for two hours every night after dark and they have continued to lay very well. The chickens are Australorps and an Orpington and those do well in winter if kept dry. As you can see, they are very fluffy and well-insulated breeds!

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  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Your coop looks great and your chickens are beautiful.
     
  3. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well done! It looks so cozy.
     
  4. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Great coop!
     
  5. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop looks very nice, and your chickens look happy & healthy !!! [​IMG]
     
  6. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If and when I die if God sends me back as a chicken I hope I come back as one of YOUR chickens.
    GREAT job !! [​IMG]
     
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  7. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure where in UT you are,but we finally had most of the 3 feet of snow melt in our yard and the chickens are back out in the yard. They are so happy.
     
  8. Moabite

    Moabite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snow in Utah? Why we've been hangin' out by the pool sipping margaritas watching the "hot Chicks" all week. [​IMG]
     
  9. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hehehehehe. I'll be down in Moab in Feb. I'll bring you a few snowballs in a cooler.
     

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