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Work in Progress - any tips/suggestions on our Coop makeover?

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Kcarp03, May 26, 2016.

  1. Kcarp03

    Kcarp03 In the Brooder

    Had window put in 1 of the doors, pop door opening is cut, frame for run is built & will be covered with 1/4 & 1/2 in Hardware Cloth. We'll be cutting windows for North & South walls also. If we put the roosts about 3 ft up, windows need to be 4 - 4.5 feet up? Also, Husband is going to put the hardware cloth around the bottom of the coop & keep them from getting underneath. it's only raised up on 1 layer of blocks, he's afraid when they start laying, they will try & get under there to lay, not sure if that's a common occurrence or not? I was thinking we needed to raise it up on 2 layers of blocks. Any tips/suggestion are welcome as we are total newbies to this, thank you in advance! :)


  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    That looks really nice.

    I agree about fencing of the underside, it can be hard to retrieve eggs (or birds) from under a large coop.

    As long as the roost is not directly in front of the window you could probably put the window lower if you want, mine are at or below roost height but one of their roosts is on the wall where the pop door is and not in front of a window. This means they do not have to roost in front of a cold window in the winter, but can see out the windows and the sun shines in to warm things up.

    If you raised it up to allow cooling airflow underneath one block should be enough. Mine is up higher , and it is handy for storage underneath - lumber, feed tubs, extra fencing.

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