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Photos of Your Coop or Hen House
February 17, 2012
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Leah's Mom
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Would love to see photos of your Chicken Coop / Hen House so we can see lots of ideas and ways you’ve all housed chickens.  I’m hoping this will give us lots of “real world” ideas!

[Note:  I tried to search to see if there was already a topic for this…if one is out there already, please direct me!]

 

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February 17, 2012
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ewww… it's such a mucky mess outside now though, and inside is kinda ooky cause they have been spending so much time indoors.  *sigh* well, this is really an awesome idea, but I need to do at least a LITTLE straightening up or the girls will be all upset that I didn't give em time to dust and run the vacuum! 

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February 17, 2012
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Maybe a “before and after” photo!!!!!!!!  happy-flower

 

February 17, 2012
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BuckeyeGirl said:

ewww… it’s such a mucky mess outside now though, and inside is kinda ooky cause they have been spending so much time indoors.  *sigh* well, this is really an awesome idea, but I need to do at least a LITTLE straightening up or the girls will be all upset that I didn’t give em time to dust and run the vacuum! 

I don't have chickens but this made me laugh and reminded me of a saying my sister-in-law has in terms of visitation notice …………

“If you're coming to see me, give me 10 minutes. If you're coming to see the house, I'm gonna need a week!”

“ooky”, I will be using that. HA!

February 17, 2012
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I can't wait to see pictures! We're contemplating chickens so it would be great to see the various ideas out there.

February 17, 2012
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February 17, 2012
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The picture, above, is not the greatest to show my coops and run, but it was all I could find.  I attached three dog houses to the outside of the dog run. I cut out the chain link in front of the coops and stapled the remaining fence to the front of each coop.  There are railroad ties buried around the interior of the run.  I attached hard ware cloth waist high all the way around and chicken wire around the upper half of the run walls and across the top.  I used wide boards across the top, to support the chicken wire against snow, etc.  Cheap, but it works!

February 17, 2012
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These are pictures of the coop I built a few years ago (I hope they are smaller in the post).  It is 8′ x 8′ and framed like a house.  It has two lower vents on the north side and two high vents on the south side.  It has two windows and a door and was divided into two 4 x 8 areas inside, each leading to a separate run. All vents and windows are covered with hardware cloth.  I don’t have chickens at the moment.

 

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February 17, 2012
9:47 pm
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Please forgive the repeat pictures above.  I thought they were deleted.  Love slow internet :-)

February 18, 2012
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We are also planning to build a chicken coop this year. 

Thanks, twiggityNDgoats, your pictures are exactly what I have in mind for my chicken coop.  The pictures have really helped me as I am in the planning stages. 

Any help as to where to buy my chicks and what kind to buy would really be appreciated, as I also live in the Spencer, WV area.

Thanks in advance.

February 18, 2012
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I always recommend either Meyer Hatchery in Polk Ohio, or Mt Healthy near Cincinnati Ohio.  I've had good luck with Meyer, and a friend swears by Mt Healthy.  Both are small to medium sized and have good customer service, and neither is a long ship to WVa.  I don't like to have them shipped long distance if possible, and also try to deal with smaller places that are (in my opinion) more concerned with good customer service and best quality too.

http://www.meyerhatchery.com/

http://www.mthealthy.com/home

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February 18, 2012
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Crickettjett,  I have had good luck getting chicks from Walton Thriftway and Southern States here in Spencer.  Varieties are limited but I had good luck with them.  Walton used to have a good selection.  Ordering them is good too if you want 25 or so.

 

Our coop seems to work well.  It was made so that it could be insulated (studded walls) but I never did.  It has electric which is handy to keep water from freezing.  I also used a light to keep my hens laying better in the winter.  I never had anything get in the coop at night and I did lock the chickens up inside and close the doors.  I could leave the vents and windows open if I wanted.  I put polyurethane on the plywood subfloor inside and it held up well and didn't suffer from the occasional water spill.  I used a shingled roof with sheathing under it so I could seal it up well and so that it didn't tend to have water condense on the inside.  I put my nest boxes inside and thought about making outside access but never did.

 

Good luck with your coop design and chickens!

February 18, 2012
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Cat – I like the simplicity of your coop!  It shows how it can be done without doing a lot of building and using things you may already have around. 

I also like the built coop!  I think people are using all kinds of things in between too.  I hope people will keep posting photos. 

For some reason the post window is cutting off part of the posts on the right side of the window.  Anyone else having that problem?  I can't read all of what Cat or TND wrote – or anyone else in this topic – so I'm missing important info!!!!  help

February 19, 2012
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My chicken house is a lot like Twiggity's, but a little bigger and not so neat.  (I never built anything before, not even a bird house, so I am ok with it. )  I got a remnant of vinyl for the floor–makes it easy to clean.  I use the deep litter method–a foot of straw on the floor, when it gets dirty I sprinkle a bucket of scratch over the floor, and the girls stir it up.  Every once in a while, I add another bale of straw to keep the level high.  I scoop it out once a year or so for the garden, and because it has lots of straw in it, it does not burn the plants like straight chicken poo does.  Very little odor, as well–it really only smells if the weather has been very wet.  You do need to put a thresh-hold board at the door, to keep the straw in.

Another thing that I do is dump all the fall leaves I can find into the chicken yard.  The girls love to scratch in them, their feet stay cleaner, and in the spring, I have lots of wonderful compost for my garden.

I keep 15-25 hens, have 8 nest boxes, but they usually only use about 4 of them.  Sometimes 2 girls will crowd into one, even when there are 7 unoccupied boxes! 

My water bucket is outside–I keep a heater in it in the winter.  I have a hanging feeder for laying mash that holds about 25 pounds–I can leave the girls unattended for 3 or 4 days if I have to.

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

February 19, 2012
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 I was just about to post to ask about coops, and what type of surface is best for the coop floor and I found this thread.  This is excellent info.  We're building our first coop very shortly and any and all info is much appreciated.  If anyone has any suggestions for a complete newbie, I'd love to read them.  Thanks!

February 19, 2012
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This is one of the topics in which we have discussed construction projects for chicken housing:

/forum/the-old-barn/chicken-coopspens/

Quite a few pics there.

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February 20, 2012
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Excellent – thank you!!

February 20, 2012
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Cat!  It is great – the updated pic of your coop.  Looking good!

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February 21, 2012
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Thanks… it is “rustic”, to say the least, lol. But. It works!

February 22, 2012
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So my hubby was talking to his family about me getting chickens and they said they smell really bad in the summer and that pooping all over is just as bad as having geese.  What do you all think?

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