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What would you do differently?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wine-dotte, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Wine-dotte

    Wine-dotte In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    Marlborough, New Zealand
    Well we only have a wee coop so time to upgrade to a bigger, better chook-atarium! We will build ourselves from scratch. Was just wondering what you all think the best thing about your chooky residence is and what you would do differently next time?

    Thanks for that [​IMG]
  2. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    Im also re-building my coop and the number one thing on my list is a place for a heated water bowl.. oh ya.. #2 is easy to clean, and ventalation.
  3. aiwetir

    aiwetir Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
  4. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
    I think the most common thing in coop designs is that people never seem to think big enough. I was lucky to have an old barn large enough to fit a car. I will agree, definately make it so clean up is easy, having open areas under the roosting spots, also stagger the roosting spots so the birds stay clean but they are pretty much roosting together. Have nest boxes in one area and roost areas in a different area so they don't get tempted to roost in their work areas. (You don't want poop covered eggs)
  5. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    Well, what I AM doing differently is:

    Able to walk into
    Building the roof larger than the coop to help with waterproofing
    Built in nest boxes
    Making a spot for hanging food and water
    Bigger run built from stronger material.

    Did I mention bigger?
  6. psrumors

    psrumors In the Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    Quote:I agree. I am not even finished with our 8x8 and wish I would have built bigger. Also, I wish I would have built with a dirt floor to use the deep litter method as compared to a wood floor.
  7. Wine-dotte

    Wine-dotte In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    Marlborough, New Zealand
    So bigger is better then [​IMG] we are aiming at about a 20 strong flock, they have 8ha of vineyard to free range on during the day, how many nesting boxes will I need? The last time we had chickens they used to nest any and everywher(an old canoe hanging from the shed roof, the old tobacco kiln furnace, you name it they nested there) never in the coop so would like to do things "properly" this time!
  8. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    On friday I have finished with laying my electric to both coops and I did all underground utilities, if you can get electric and water to the coop, especially electric and electric outlets, then you can use a vacum cleaner, a fan, powertools for remodeling, heat, etc.
    I don,t have water yet, but my budget is real tight at the moment,winter is almost here and construction business is suffering anyway due to the economic crises, but I am going to get the water to my coops next year.

    Good Luck.


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