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Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 14:23
by Pekinmum
All these look brilliant. Im totally new to keeping chickens, so we started off with a rabbit hutch and a small run with a shelter. Basic, but got the job done. Now we have bought a coop with run attached from the internet and extended it so they have a grassy area, a sandy area undercover and the coop itself is sat on slabs to stop anything from digging underneath during the night. We have plans to net the whole area to stop wild birds and aerial predators, as for ground predators, my two terriers make sure that anything that does come in while they are about isn't around for long. :meoww

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Oh and I am waiting for my husband to do a proper gate, He has done so well building this so far, he wants to finish it off well and make a nice gate for me :grin:

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 30 Jun 2012, 09:22
by suffolkchickenarks
Hi, this is the chicken ark that we have recently designed and built for our chickens, built with pressure treated frame, T&G shiplap cladding. Constructed using almost 600 stainless steel screws and stainless steel hinges for all the doors. I've used hasp & staples with carabina snap locks to secure all the doors. Frame & cladding is also treated with Cuprinol wood preserver.
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here you can see the large rear door for access to the chicken house
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this is the new stable door that I made to allow for more versatile use of the full height door, in this picture the upper half of the door is closed and provides shelter for the chicken house pop hole door
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Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 21:58
by nkomo-a-gogo
Hi Everybody. Alex here in Dublin, here is a couple of pictures i took of my coop. please tell what i need to do to the inside of it as its quite messy and i only cleaned it a few days ago and its soaked again. ive been putting the birds in with a bowl of water every night so i think they may be tipping it over. there are no windows or light getting in to the coop so they are in the dark when they get locked in.
Would they be okay in the coop overnight and sometimes a good part of the next day with no water?

Also is straw or wood shavings better for bedding?

do they actually sit on the straw to sleep or do they perch on the bar bits and should i then make more perching areas as there isnt enough room for 4 on what they have.
I worry about them getting sick if they have to sit on the damp pooey straw all night :(

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 22:03
by nkomo-a-gogo
Pictures inside and out

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 09:35
by Chris Kurzfeld
Hi and welcome to the forum nkomo-a-gogo. They don't need water over night so I would stop putting it in the house as it will make everything very wet, as you have already found out :grin: , and that isn't good for your birds. Chickens usually prefer to roost when they sleep (although you do get some that will sleep anywhere!) so another roost for them will be good - try to put them where their dropping won't go into the nest boxes. Is there any ventilation in your coop? Chickens really don't need to be kept warm, they have a higher blood temp than us and a nice feathery duvet to keep them warm -even in winter - but they do need plenty of ventilation when they are locked in their coop to prevent respiritory problems. As for bedding - people tend to use what they find best for them - I use shavings, both on the floor and in the nest boxes. Some use straw and others a mixture of both (shavings on the floor and straw in nest boxes). Whatever you use it should be kept as dry as possible - not easy in the rainy weather we are having!!!!

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 16:26
by nkomo-a-gogo
Thanks Chris, I have just drilled holes in the side of the coop which i will cover with mesh. there wasnt a lot of ventilation apart from the gaps i left while making the coop. they seem happy enough apart from throwing themselves at the door to get out if they hear me walking by :-)
Another problem i have is that i dont know what sex they are or even variety. we were given them by a friend as young birds. they have all squabbled with one another at some stage puffing necks out squaring up but id like to know which are cocks before i get too attached to them. ill take pics

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 16:36
by nkomo-a-gogo
Ill actually post the pics in the guess the sex thread.

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 11 Oct 2012, 21:47
by JC
Looking at all these set-ups they are great! Shame there are so many cheap import chinese coops being used. Nothing like a bit of DIY building out of old pallets etc, its great to see the home-made ones!

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 23 Oct 2012, 22:35
by dipstic
Our chickens windbreak and rain shelter

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Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 04 Nov 2012, 18:46
by Kate1978
Love your chicken shelter dipstic....did you make it yourself? We've got a few pallets so I could make something similar.

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 19:42
by dipstic
Yes, I made it myself with with tongue and groove and it has roofing felt on top. The chickens love it and hopefully will spend more time in there in the winter instead of staying in their house as they have water and food in there as well. I've just finished building a small house for one of our girls who is getting pecked whilst she is moulting so she has a 'granny flat' in a sectioned off end of the run so she can regrow in peace.

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 10:14
by Arthur_two_sheds_Jackson
Our little run also has to double up with the rabbits.

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Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 14:36
by NannyP
tweedy wrote:One of mine.
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Tweedy, don't these wheels get stuck?

Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 15:16
by Bhindi
Hi folks,

I thought I would update pics of my run, This year I introduced turf into it, and got rid of a lot of large rocks that I had placed around the base of plants, and just tried to give back more useable space, as I have so many plants in there now.

The grass today down by the door is getting a bit thread bare, but it might just make the spring if I'm lucky, and from then on, I think the tuf will have set more roots, as this year the hens have been managing to pluck out shoots of grass with roots attached. With my ever gradual reducing flock, the coop takes less of a battering.

I am quite proud of the run, so am pleased to be able to share them again, and hope it may inspire a few to consider having a run with soil as it is possible.

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Re: Our Hen Houses/ Coops

Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 17:07
by Kate1978
Great run Bhindi...some fab ideas and your hens look really happy. :grin: