Show Me Your Chicken Coops!

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  1. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    It's happening. This spring. I'm conquering a garden AND a chicken coop.
    I could buy a chicken coop....but I could also build one for a fraction of the cost. Looking for some ideas!
     
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    emali06 Senior Member

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    This is one we built this summer. Its going to be a general store but I haven't yet finished the front lol. The birds love it! We did a completely clear corrugated plastic roof so its waterproof and has no dark corners inside. 38411820_10217161461577446_6377716926331748352_n.jpg
     
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    ginster Senior Member

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    That's a weird looking chicken you got there....
     
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    cschattner Senior Member

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    It's a French bird, don't be judgy
     
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    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    Here's mine! It's a little small for the number of chickens I have in it, but it's a Fantastic coop!
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    ginster Senior Member

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    It´s a chicken disco!
    Do you know "Chicken Run", Dona?
     
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    bellalou Senior Member

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    Obviously overdue for coffee. I read that as “Show Me Your Chicken Corpse.”

    :rofl:
     
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  8. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    Very fluffy feathers

    Actually he’s from Mexico. Born here so he has legal status.
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    I just spit out my coffee :ROFLMAO:
     
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  10. equinitis

    equinitis Senior Member

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    My coop is made from a steel tank that my husband cut in 1/2. He made little cups for 2 X 4s to fit into for roosting and welded nest boxes to the walls. The coop has two vents neat the ground that can be opened or closed and a turbine on the top for exhaust and cooling. We painted it light green to help with deflecting heat, which is a bigger problem here for a longer time period than is cold. We bed it with a layer of good sand, a layer of pine pellets and a layer of grass hay and it is easy to clean once a week.

    The attached pen is a 6' tall frame covered with stucco wire, which is heavier that chicken wire (I cannot remember the gage of the wire off the top of my head). with a top and shade screen in a couple of places to allow both sunning and escaping the sun and to aid in keeping the coop cooler. We buried stucco wire along the bottom of the fence on the outside to discourage predators from digging in. It is the entire height of the 3' stucco wire on the ground, so 3' out from the bottom of the pen, and we used hog rings to attach the wire to the coop at the bottom. We used hog rings to attached the wire to itself when we covered the frame of the pen too. Hog rings are magical when fencing anything with wire like chicken wire or welded wire!

    I let my chickens out to free range in the afternoon/evening as often as I can but they cannot be out when I am not home as we have too many coyotes and other predators that might harm them.
     
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