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Ideas for a coop

Posted by gardengal19 NW. iN (My Page) on
Sat, May 7, 11 at 10:08

Living in zone 5 - I would think we need a coop to withstand temps down to below zero in the winter.

DH would like to build it. He is very handy and built my greenhouse with all the benches and a potters area. Installed electricity in there too.

So, now he needs ideas for a house type coop. There are coons in the area. He has been reading many books from the library and is thoroughly confused. I guess what he would like to know is -- what type of coop do you think would be best?

- or websites for plans only - not the kits

Thank you for any info you may give.

- gloria


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RE: Ideas for a coop

Hi Gloria,

Our chicken coop has a concrete floor, 4 walls, roof, and windows. It is a part of one of our main barns and has been there for 40+ years. We have no issues with predators whatsoever, and we do not heat it in winter (zone 6-b). We do have to haul water for a few weeks in the winter but it mostly stays ice-free.

Our windows can be opened, and are wired so nothing can get in. The door has both a solid door and a hard-wired one for the various seasons. We DO NOT use the chicken wire as the guage size available here is useless against predators. We use hard wire cloth 1/2x1/2. The poured floor is a major benefit to keeping digging animals out. If you can't pour a floor might I recommend using blocks or at a minimum wiring your floor.

On the other end of the spectrum our ducks free-range. They have livestock guardian dogs for protection & we've never lost one to a predator yet. Good fencing is needed for LGD's.
The best recommendations I can give are 1. Make it big enough so you can walk inside to clean it. 2. Make sure you have good ventilation & utilize daylight, 3. Don't cut corners build it to last, and 4. Build it with foresight in that you may be expanding it, using it for other species or even storage in 5 years.

Brendasue


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RE: Ideas for a coop

Brendasue - Thank you for the useful info - especially the concrete floor and to keep in mind 'future use' for storage. I don't know how long this new adventure will last but, we'd like to do it the best we can.

DH has the tendency to over-build so I'm sure the coop he builds will be quite solid with clerestory windows at the top. The hard wired door you mention - is that used for ventilation during the day and warm summer nights? -or do you close both doors at night?

I know he intends to build a run but, I also have a fenced in garden area the chicks can wander about in -if they don't tear up the tomato plants.
Guess I'll find out soon enough.

The chicks are doing fine for now - in our house but, DH is running out of time. So I'm sure he'll be going to the lumber yard this week.

-gloria


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