What should I build?

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

  1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 50 chickens 7 ducks 7 turkeys and 2 geese coming early spring. So what should i build to house them all? I don't have a lot flat land to build a permeant structure, but i have access to neighboring fields. so i was thinking of a couple large chicken tractors that i could move around. i was also thinking of building a shed on skids and using portable fencing panels. what do you guys recommend? any designs or ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well where do you live? i am no expert but the way i would do it is build them on up on a few old utility trailers so you can move them around easy because something that big will not be able to be moved by hand imo. like i said i am no expert and don't even have chickens yet but i am just thinking this would be an easy way [​IMG]
     
  5. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you, you'd been very helpful to me too. I'm considering all options as they come [​IMG]
     
  6. shadowman

    shadowman Out Of The Brooder

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    The utility trailer is definately the way to go! Old hay trailers are good for a larger sized coop. The beauty of using a trailer is that you can build an actual walk in coop on them. Walk in coops are easier to clean and easier and warmer for feeding your flock in the winter as well as egg collection.
     
  7. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the ideas the trailer idea sounds really good to me. I live on Martha's Vineyard, an island of the coast of Massachusetts so it does get relatively cold in the winter(been in the 20's and teen's for a high most of the week). I will definitely be insulate them when time comes to build them. Any ideas for the turkeys? i know they get relatively large......
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you planning on keeping all of them year round or are some going to be raised for meat? Are you planning on breeding any of them? Those activities can effect what you want to do for housing, too.
     
  9. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are all going to be egg layers except for the turkeys and geese who will be for pets/meat. I will not be breeding them, just letting them do what they do. I have about 25 acres of field/woods to work with. I cant really free range because i have a large dog/hawk problem. ANY Ideas appreciated.
     
  10. ndemerly

    ndemerly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if transportability is not huge issue, you could do a type of 'post and beam framing and set up floor joists from there. Also speaking from experience, it is not the greatest idea to build chicken tractors from wood. But then again, maybe I just overbuild. [​IMG]
     

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