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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MeatKing, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. MeatKing

    MeatKing Songster

    Ok, So with the help of the great people on this site, I've learned about the poop bored... And that we need one [​IMG] What are your other ideas, must haves? Would never bulid a new coop without...... You fill in the blank! Thank-you everyone for your imput. Can't wait to hear what you all think. WE are buliding are first coop, so would like to make it perfect!

  2. jones-e

    jones-e In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    would never build a coop without lots of windows for natural light and a roof vent or some kind of vent to vent out moisture especialy in winter it is easy for chickens to get frost bitten.oh and a water heater.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  3. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Lots of permanent year-round ventilation above tops of walls if possible. Can be soffit, louvered gable end, turbine vent, vented cupola, ridge vent, open screened space between top rafters if a shed roof or a gable roof withouf soffit.

    Poop plank

    Windows that open on all sides, or maybe all but north sides.

    Wall trough or feeder bin that takes at least 50# at a time.

    Lights and electrical outlets

    Ceiling fan for exhausting heat on really hot days

    Water to vicinity of coop, inside run if run is big enough to stand up in.

    Guillotine type drop-down pop door closers with overhead cable/cord and pulleys.

    If a small coop, a bump-out for nest boxes

    Optional storage for supplies and feed, if feasible.

    Optional skylight for wintertime solar heat or extra natural light. Able to be blocked in summertime.
  4. Scoop

    Scoop Songster

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    I love the pop door for the run so I don't have to go into the coop or run to let them out.
  5. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I would never build another coop without two sections. I have one coop attached to a completely enclosed run, it has enough windows, nestboxes and poop board (which I love). It's plenty big for my dozen chickens..... But I wish, so much, that I had built a divided coop... This could be used for two different flocks, broody hen, rooster 'pad', isolating a sick/hurt bird. It would only need to be a small area but getting dh to go back and cut and build another door, add another wall and more fence just AIN'T happening.... But soon we will be building another coop at our farm and that one WILL be divided into different sections...
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Wish I'd have done a poop board.

    Wish I'd have insulated and put in a bigger AC unit.
  7. cposz

    cposz Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Twin Cities, MN
    Poop board, external laying boxe(s), about 10 squ. feet more space in the henhouse, a slanted roof over the run, and a bit more ventilation. Pretty much sounds like I will be needing a new henhouse this spring, I guess.

  8. weirdmuse

    weirdmuse Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Southwest Ohio
    I would include quarantine box, secure feed area, updraft roof exhaust fan that could be used in the winter, and insulation. Insulation for keeping it cooler in summer more than warm in winter.
  9. Our coop is inside a barn so I have feed room, etc

    - common nest box, perhaps two
    -electric pet bowl
    -quarantine cage large enough for 3
    -porch outside the pop door to baffle wind

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  10. possumqueen

    possumqueen Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina

    easy clean floors


    no crevices or cracks where mites can lodge


    poop board

    did I mention ventilation? Think of the ventilation birds have when they live outdoors and sleep in the trees.

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