Check out my coop... Advice welcomed :)

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Post by MamaOwl » 09 May 2014, 21:16

Looks amazing!!!

One thing.. the sloped perch?

And the weeds would have been awesome for them.. no more gardening in their run!! Let them do it!
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 09 May 2014, 21:33

Thanks! The reason I cut the weeds is because there was a lot of long grass in amongst it all and I've read that that isn't ideal.

The sloped perch is hopefully just access to the higher one. I couldn't figure out a way to get them up there with what bits of wood I had so I'm afraid that's all I could come up with. If it is an issue I'll remove the angled one and drop the top one down so it is accessible from the ramp.

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Post by MamaOwl » 09 May 2014, 21:34

ahhh then I will shut up! lmao ;-)
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 09 May 2014, 21:38

ha ha no don't be daft... In my head what I have done makes sense, but then I've never kept hens before so your input is hugely appreciated :)

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Post by MamaOwl » 09 May 2014, 21:41

well I thought you intended it as a perch... they can't perch on slopes.. not smooth ones any way... but as a 'hop-up' it might work....
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 09 May 2014, 21:43

I'll be sure to keep you updated either way :)

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Post by jillychick » 09 May 2014, 22:28

Air vent? What I did in my shed was cut a hole the right size for a cheep plastic air vent. Place it as high up as possible and screw it on on the out side, the inside you can mesh over if you want to.

Just one thing I did notice, is your perches need rounding off on the top. Apparently it's not goog for the feet if they don't fit snugly round the perch while roosting. Imagine a tree branch?

Mine love the high perches and do climb so they will love the play area, also check the hight of the food holder when the birds arrive, it should be no higher than the hight of the birds back.

Also you might want to consider a couple of permanent rodent bait box's outside your run? And remove the food from the run at night.
DE is good don't forget the nest box's floor covering and plenty on the ends of the perches. I keep mine in the coop ready, and apply with a soft dry paint brush... happy hen shopping :sunny: :thumbright:
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 09 May 2014, 22:50

Ok I did round the edges off but maybe I'll get the belt sander out and give it a good radius...

I did consider whether I should line the bottom 6" with a finer mesh to prevent rodents but I assumed even that wouldn't do the trick, I guess the key is to not leave food lying around.

I've got a couple of hen suppliers noted down and means of getting them home if I find the right birds :)

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Post by PixieDust » 10 May 2014, 00:40

What you have done looks fabulous. You have worked really hard and it shows. Your birds have a lovely home :grin: :cheers:
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Post by organic chick » 10 May 2014, 07:10

Your excitement for the project leaps off the screen. Lovely. Just a word about White Stars. We have 2 in a small flock of 10. They are renowned for excellent egg production and ours are no exception. Our two are not flighty at all and both love cuddles and strokes from adults and children alike. They are quite small light birds. Our warrens produce lovely brown eggs and are friendly and easily handled. The Cream Legbars are more retiring types but are relatively new additions and becoming more used to lots of attention. The Light Sussex are the most amazing I have to say in terms of handling. Both jump onto my shoulder for a chat, follow me all over the place and are generally extremely sociable.

Enjoy whatever hens you choose. I think we all await your announcement with anticipation!! :grin:
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Post by Mayhen » 10 May 2014, 20:09

organic chick wrote:Your excitement for the project leaps off the screen. Lovely. Just a word about White Stars. We have 2 in a small flock of 10. They are renowned for excellent egg production and ours are no exception. Our two are not flighty at all and both love cuddles and strokes from adults and children alike. They are quite small light birds. Our warrens produce lovely brown eggs and are friendly and easily handled. The Cream Legbars are more retiring types but are relatively new additions and becoming more used to lots of attention. The Light Sussex are the most amazing I have to say in terms of handling. Both jump onto my shoulder for a chat, follow me all over the place and are generally extremely sociable.

Enjoy whatever hens you choose. I think we all await your announcement with anticipation!! :grin:
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Post by NoNameNoNumber » 10 May 2014, 20:24

We have chickens!!!

We went to Cambridge poultry on our travels and bought a Speckledy, a White Leghorn, Goldline and a Nero

The Goldline is lovely, so placid. The White Leghorn is a handful though! Both the Nero and Speckledy have been picked up and held/stroked but we've tried to just leave them be for tonight to settle in :)

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Post by Mayhen » 10 May 2014, 20:40

Oh that's wonderful!!!! They look lovely, and I see they've figured out how to use the perch :grin:
I'm so excited for you :lol:
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Post by Mayhen » 10 May 2014, 20:43

NoNameNoNumber wrote:We have chickens!!!

We went to Cambridge poultry on our travels and bought a Speckledy, a White Leghorn, Goldline and a Nero

The Goldline is lovely, so placid. The White Leghorn is a handful though! Both the Nero and Speckledy have been picked up and held/stroked but we've tried to just leave them be for tonight to settle in :)
Yep, even my leghorn cross is totally crazy! :roll: Still love her to bits though, they have such characters :grin:
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Post by drfish » 10 May 2014, 20:52

One piece of valuable advice, especially bringing hens into a new home at this time of year. Ficam-w. It will STOP red mite before they start. Spray it everywhere in the coop, and keep the hens outside for a few hours while it dries. Prevention is better than cure, and worth 10 nuggets of any poultry keepers money. Other than that, you're doing a great job. Nice to see someone passionate about their work :)
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