What do you think? New coop questions..

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tedabug, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. tedabug

    tedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got my first coop all up and running this year. My birds are about 10 months old now. Added doors, locks, screened windows, hardware cloth, got it all dialed in.........and now I've found this coop on Craigslist that I just can't live without! *sigh*

    I'm loving this chicken farming and want to add two or three to my crew in the spring. That said, I NEED a bigger coop right? Mine only holds 4 max, which is what I have. I want to use my existing coop as a brooder pen if one of my ladies goes broody this spring.

    There is a lot I will need to do to this new coop as obviously the guy who built it did not add any ventilation! I'm going to hardware cloth the bottom part in and incorporate my existing run onto it, which will take some work. I think I will add the ventilation and maybe a simple plexi window onto the back side which won't be seen from the front. It will allow for a little light in the coop. Otherwise I love how long and skinny it is. Perfect for my long skinny side yard. It's 9ft. long and 7ft. high yet only two feet deep. They guy says it hold up to 7, which should be plenty for me. Plus it's just so darned cute and silly.

    Where would you add the ventilation/ lighting without compromising the integrity of the outhouse look?

    ***NOTE**The guys says there is a long roosting bar across the whole top of the coop. I can't see it in the pictures, but I can change bars around easily enough. That little cross one won't do.

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    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Cool coop!

    For vents I would remove the blue behind the half moon & cover those with hardware cloth (just staple it up from inside). Then maybe a window on the back. Nothing too large. Just enough for some cross ventilation in the summer.

    Good luck with it - looks heavy!
     
  3. tedabug

    tedabug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it will be hellishly heavy. I'm hoping to have a team ready to move it for me. Once it place, it will stay there. The blue behind the cut-outs is actually stained glass, which is neat, but your idea might be right on track. It wouldn't take away from the design element.

    Thanks!
     
  4. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Georgia
    Quote:my thoughts exactly.

    really cool coop. have fun with it.
     
  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    Columbia,SC
    I'm not sure if the white on the end is a door or not.At any rate I would get a pallet and replace the white with wood going up & down to match the rest of the coop and make the boards short to leave a gap at the roofline. Then cover the gap with hardware cloth. That would leave u plenty of room for a new roost.
     

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