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Chicken coops/pens??
May 13, 2010
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BuckeyeGirl
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I don’t believe there’s anything at all to worry about in concrete.  Personally, I’d go ahead as soon as it’s cured enough according to regular building standards.

 

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May 13, 2010
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As soon as it is dry enough to hold the coop and chickens it is good to go.

I have concrete floor in my coop also, covered with straw..they love it and it is so easy to clean..so I love it too 

May 13, 2010
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Since I live on a slope and our coop has one side flat on a railroad tie, and the back end on piers and up in the air, (Hey, it’s not just WV which is hilly you know! happy-feet ) my coop has a plywood floor.  I keep very deep shavings on it, scoop up any wet sections of shavings up quickly, and keep a ‘poop board’ under the roosts so THAT can be scraped clean often, reducing moisture on the floor very well.

http://www.plamondon.com/faq_d…..ter.html  (an interesting article)

I much prefer wood shavings, a large bale from the feed mill costs about eight dollars and I use less than one bale a month.  There’s a sawmill nearby and they’ll dump a load of shavings/sawdust in a pickup for nothing, but I can’t always get a truck so I usually go with the bales from the feed mill, (which also store much easier too).

There’s nothing at all wrong with concrete floors in coops, if necessary, it can be hosed down and sanitized though that’s a very unlikely need IMO.  If I had a concrete floor, I’d do something called “Deep Litter” method of bedding them down.  I really wanted a bare dirt floor so I could do deep litter properly, but since my floor is wood, I use a modified version of it removing some patches that get a bit wet, but really most of it is very dry and clean and all I do is take out some bad patches and add maybe half a bale of bedding once a month at the very most.  My old coop never smelled, never got ‘slimy’ or nasty, and I’ve had people who grew up around chickens be shocked at the total lack of smell or nastiness in my coop then and now.  The wood floor one does take a few minutes more now, but is amazingly clean overall.  Having a poop board under the roost will save an amazing amount of work!

FYI for everyone, NEVER use CEDAR shavings!!! Ceder dust is very irritating to chickens’ respiratory systems and can make them very ill.

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May 13, 2010
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Thanks, guys!  By the time the building is finished, the floor should be more than cured enough.  The deal will probably come at the very end of this process when the floor is sealed!  Looks like we will have to wait for that to air out before bedding anyone down in the new house.

Maybe we can get the sealing of the floor done before the sides are framed out…

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June 8, 2010
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Red letter day here!!!!  Finally, after a year and a half, the housing is nearly finished for our chickens!!!!!!!  (Please pardon my happy dance!)

The front door is being attached as we speak!!!  Still painting and stuff like that to do, so pics of it will be a while in posting, but we are nearly there.  Hope to get the girls in tomorrow to spend their first night.

Oh, my, what a process this has been.  Again, so many thanks to everyone who contributed good ideas, things which aren’t going to work here exactly but led to something else, and all the encouragement.

Oh, my.  Sure wish I didn’t have a meeting this evening.  I just want to sit and look at it!

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June 8, 2010
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Can’t wait to see it, Pete!!!  I know my girls are sooo much happier out there everyday than they were inside!!

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June 10, 2010
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The girls and the guinea had their first outing today, and are FINALLY in their house!!!!  Still have much detail work to do, and they need to acclimate to the new digs, so they are still in their crates.  They seem extremely happy to be where they are.  Do they understand that this is their space somehow???

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June 10, 2010
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Hey Pete!  We want some pictures of their new happy home!  I bet they think it’s a great treat! Go charge up that battery.

On another note, I just read in another forum about using coffee chaf for bedding for them.  There was an article Mother Earth News about it, someone from Seattle started using them and it sounds like it’s a great hit!  The author was from Seattle so it makes perfect sense!  I found googled Ohio Coffee Roasters and found one not too far away, so I’m calling them tomorrow to see what they do with their chaff.  It seems most just toss it in the dumpster so maybe I can get free bedding for my girls!

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June 10, 2010
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Oooh!  What a great idea – and it would smell sooooo goooood!  

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June 16, 2010
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In case anyone would like to try to win a new coop:

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/sweepstakes.aspx?qnrName=SWP_CCG2&id=2147487790

June 18, 2010
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Here’s a preliminary pic of our almost finished chicken house!!!  There is now also white trim on that side and I have replaced the little flower garden in front of it.  The inside is not finished out yet either, but will post pics of it all when it is finished.  It only took a year and a half, but we are finally there!

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June 18, 2010
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Chicken house?!!!!! When can I move in? There’s nothing fowl about that place. On my computer it almost looks like there are mini blinds in the window.laugh No, really, it is a beautiful abode for your flock.

June 18, 2010
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There is hardware cloth over the window, so you aren’t really seeing things!  Keep in mind also that the chickens have only half of the space.  They have 10×10, with the back half being for the lawn mower, the Mule, etc.  There is also a back door from the other side into the dog pen to the left of the screen.  There is a single light fixture in the center and one electric outlet in case we ever decide to incubate, or add some wall sconces for mood lighting or something…   devil

Keep in mind that the roof structure and supporting poles were already there, with electrical service, so it is not quite as over the top as it appears at first glance.  Then again, we are well into retirement and don’t bend over and such nearly as well as we used to!  So, we needed to have stuff up off the ground so we could get to it.  The roosts, nesting boxes and all will be at least waist high just for our convenience.  For the next couple of days, the flock still has their familiar dog crates with plywood laid on top for roosting, practice jumping/flying, etc.

Please note: anyone attempting to move fowl kiddies in dog crates be very careful doing so.  We nearly had a mishap during the excitement with one getting a foot stuck during transit, and another after opening the doors to the crates.  I have secured pieces of scrap lumber beneath to door openings of the crates to keep them from getting a foot stuck between the wires there.   It is sort of a ramp kinda thing now with 2×4 chunks on either side of the opening.

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June 18, 2010
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The coop is looking good Pete!!! chicken

 

June 21, 2010
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This may not be the best place for it, but simply must share this with everyone.  We finally got a roost put together yesterday, but not it’s final supporting structure.  So, we placed the roost on top of the larger dog crate on top of a couple of boards for support.  It just worked out that the roost was in front of the window.  So, we pulled up a couple of lounge chairs to watch their adjustment to the roost.

Had a good laugh sitting there watching the chickens jostling about through the open window.  Then had another laugh picturing how silly we must look sitting there staring at the window!

So today we got the shelf finished upon which now sits the roost.  Got one of the dog crates broken down, which changes everything in their space.  So, it was another adventure tonight for them to find the roost.

At first they didn’t seem to care where it was, and lay down in a pile in the middle in the pine shavings.  Went out a bit ago and they were all on the top roost, the guinea in the middle with 3 girls on each side!  I nearly cried…

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November 18, 2010
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AsTheNight said:

In case anyone would like to try to win a new coop:

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/sweepstakes.aspx?qnrName=SWP_CCG2&id=2147487790


Thanks! I gave it a try..you never know my girls might have a new one!happy-flower

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November 18, 2010
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Oooh, I got excited when I saw that this was still going on!  They don't pull the winner till December!  EXCEPT…. only one entry per e-mail address and I did enter it when I first saw the original post.  Oh well!  It only takes one entry to win right?  It's actually kinda good that way…  or so I'm telling myself.  People would be entering over and over and over and that's kinda messy in a contest that long.  Not sure why they made it this long except to drag out the publicity…  though I sure forgot about it.

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November 19, 2010
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I had not seen it until now, but I had the same thought of entering again! Thank you for letting me know that you could not. I did enter in to some of the other ones that were on it. If you click the link it brings up a whole bunch!

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

December 7, 2010
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I did see something on there it was one entry per email! I have 2 plus my hubbys….devil-with-tail

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December 7, 2010
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I use the deep litter method in my chicken house, too.  I initially put a whole bale of straw down on the floor, and when it starts to look a little dirty, I throw down some scratch feed, and the girls mix it up.  I add new straw as I need it.  The only time I have any odor is if the weather is rainy for an extended spell, and fresh straw helps with that. 

When I get ready to put it on the garden, no worries about burning plants because the litter has so much straw in it.

I have been pretty gimpy for the last 3 or 4 years (got a new knee last December–not gimpy any more!) and sometimes I have gone more than year between cleanings.  The floor does get pretty deep, but it actually keeps the house warmer, so no worries.  And no odor.

I just haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister.

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