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Visitor gets a coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OldeDog, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. OldeDog

    OldeDog Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a visiting chicken, explained in a previous post:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/827123/chicken-visitor#post_12064106

    I finally finished her coop. I call it the Chicken palace, and the visiting chicken (named Miss Penny by my wife) is now in residence.

    It's pretty big, enough for 3 birds comfortably, 4 in a pinch. We were a little worried about her using the stairs. After leaving her in the run for a few hours to explore, my wife pushed Miss Penny into the enclosed area, through the little chicken door. She explored the inside. found a spot she liked and just sat. That evening we coaxed her down the stairs with a few treats. Now she goes up and down as she pleases. She slept in there last night, coming down when my wife appeared with some breakfast.

    Miss Penny had an adventure the day before I completed the coop. We went to Wal-Mart Saturday for our weekly shopping, and when we returned we found no Miss Penny. We did find plenty of feathers all over the yard, but no carcass or blood. We were really worried she might have been carried away by a predator. By dinner though, she appeared back behind the smoker (where she had taken up residence), looking ruffled, a little wet and very miffed. I don't know where she was hiding when we went looking for her.

    I suspect our dog Marcy tried to play with her with unhappy results. We had been happy at the way Marcy tolerated Miss Penny, but Marcy can be disobedient if she believes she will get away with it.

    I believe Miss Penny feels safer in the cage. I know I do.

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  2. coldupnorth

    coldupnorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like she'll be happy there and safe!
     
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a very nice home!
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Nicely done!
     
  5. jmandawn

    jmandawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great thing about that coop is that it is small enough to move around so she has fresh greens!
     
  6. babyfoot

    babyfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Absolutely awesome, read the link too so understand. |May be that now you need to get your hen some companionship, they are truly social beings and need companionship. I think you have done a marvellous job so far
     
  7. OldeDog

    OldeDog Out Of The Brooder

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    We are going to some more birds in early spring. I need to finish the big coop before then.

    She is gorgeous, isn't she?
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013
  8. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure you want rain water to drain off the coop into the run? May get muddy!
     
  9. OldeDog

    OldeDog Out Of The Brooder

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    After I finished, I did rethink that, but remember, I can just move it if that happens.
     
  10. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you could1 Maybe a second option would be to put another piece of roofing over the run!
     

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