What would you do?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MommaBean, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. MommaBean

    MommaBean Out Of The Brooder

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    We are planning to build our first coop this spring. I would love to have your input of the more important things to have in the coop. My counters in the people area will lift up and have a brooder underneath, they will have venting on the sides and removable holes in the top to accomidate heat lamps. We are hoping to purchase blue and buff orpingtons for this coop and I am wondering if it will be necessary to have a seperate area for mommas and chicks. For those of you who have raised orpingtons, do the chicks fare well with other orpingtons? We will only have orpingtons in this flock. Any other ideas, input or pictures would be valued. My husband already burried two barrels in the ground in the fall that can fill with ground water and we will use a pump to get the water into the chicken house and we also have electricity, other than that there is nothing set in stone.

    If you could have anything in your coop what would it be? Blessings!
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where are you MommaBean? It will help if those who have the breed *and* live in your climate can respond. Orps are lovely birds, some day I would like to have a flock of them too.[​IMG]
     
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have perfectly nice hens. But they will kill each others chicks. Some mommas protect them, some can't, and some won't. I'd plan on separate areas if you want to make sure the chicks survive.
     
  4. MommaBean

    MommaBean Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in Terrace BC Canada.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well you're in a beautiful part of Canada, MommaBean.
    Orps are cold hardy and I'm going to shadow your post to learn more about them! Sounds like subdividing the coop will be a good decision.
     

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