Chicken coop and chicken update

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Well good news I got the chicken coop done just in time for the little guys to move out there this weekend.  In all I like how it turned out and for now feel it should be pretty secure with the solid floor, elevated coop, and entirely wrapped in 1/2 inch hardware cloth (a bit pricey but probably worth the cost of waking up to raccoons in the coop…)

 

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I did have a couple additions after taking this picture by adding a little window at the bottom of the clean out door so the kids and take a peek at the chickens without having to open the door.  I also installed the ramp to get from the coop to the run.

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Inside the coop I went natural with a simple stick to use as a roost since I have so many of these around the property…though at the moment the chickens are more interested in pecking at it than standing on it.  I also have a standard light with 75 watt bulb which I am keeping on all day and a infrared heat lamp I am just turning on at night in case they get a little chilly.

Once they get a little less “chicken” and actually venture outside during the day I will turn off the light during the day and as they get a little bigger will wean them off the heat lamp as well (possible bringing it back this winter if we get some colder than typical winters.

Will plan on creating another post eventually with some specifics of construction and the cool features I added as well as things I probably would have done differently.

2 Responses to “Chicken coop and chicken update”

  1. Abby Stein Says:

    You will not need winter heat unless you live in Alaska. Chickens have natural down coats to keep warm. Here in New York, all I did was leave the litter in the coop until spring. The composting litter gives off a little heat. I did this in my large woodshed style coop, but not i my old A-frame one.


  2. Steven Housewright Says:

    Love it! Great job and I know the kids will love it too. Hope they all turn out well and the chicks provide you and your family with food for a long time.


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