What's the one thing you wish you had included in your coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MaryJanet, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. path.otto

    path.otto Songster

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    That's the one thing I wish I had, aart! I can screen the run in summer for the sun, and I can tarp the sides for winter winds, but I don't have anything to handle a snow load.
     
  2. path.otto

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    @Julesstarohio56, your avatar cracks me up! I love it! :lau
     
  3. path.otto

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    I'll take the cold over heat and humidity any day!
     
  4. Julesstarohio56

    Julesstarohio56 Songster

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    Thanks! My husband took that while “Norene” was sitting on his lap. I’ve used that picture a number of times with different captions. It’s perfect for that. Lol
     
  5. momoftwinsinwi

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    Hubby built my new coop this year and size is EVERYTHING!!! My old coop with 4x8 and I had about 12 birds, this one is 12x10 and is beautiful!!! I now have 32 birds... Room for storage (tote I keep oyster shells and stall fresh in) and a brooder box for future broodies.... the run is about 30x15, roofed and predator proof, love the "poop box" my sons built, saves on a lot of clean up.
     
  6. momoftwinsinwi

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    Will continue to carry water out which is a PITA but hubby is going thru chemo and says running a water line that won't freeze is also a PITA....but will have electricity before the snow flies so I can at least keep heat in coop and keep the waterers from freezing ....
     
  7. momoftwinsinwi

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    Is the coop raised off the ground? pic's?
     
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  8. MaryJanet

    MaryJanet Crowing

    @momoftwinsinwi I haven't built it yet. I was just asking about paving an apron.
     
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  9. goldysgirl

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    More space! My coops are never big enough because I keep wanting more chickens! Other than that, my most recently built coop is perfect for my needs.
     
  10. MaryJanet

    MaryJanet Crowing

    Thanks for your tips everyone, I'm very thankful :)

    The Wish List goes like this.

    Weather constraints: mild winters, hot hot hot summers

    Predator constraints: foxes, hawks, snakes

    Pest constraints: wild birds, mice, rats, possums

    Deep eaves for shade
    Raised roosting and nesting boxes to provide cool shade beneath
    Roosting box enclosed on 3 sides
    Fully enclosed attached run
    Dutch door to run
    Run divided into "rooms" so weeds can grow, new pullets can integrate, sick birds can be put in "hospital"
    Paved apron
    Run roof: half solid, half mesh
    Removable roosting bars
    Easy clean roosting box: I'm thinking of a dropped floor with sides 30cm deep, with an external side open-down-and-out on hinges so litter can be swept out into the wheelbarrow and then into the compost
    Access to roosting bars for midnight capturing
    External access nesting boxes
    Rainwater capture and storage
    Breezeway for hot summer nights
    Big enough for 9-12 chooks to live harmoniously: 20-30m2
    Misting system down the middle of the run

    I think that's everything... Now I better start saving up :)

    I'm going to keep editing the list as I remember things.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019

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