The Coup...

Discussion in 'The Loafing Shed' started by shyfilly78, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. shyfilly78

    shyfilly78 New Member

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    So, anybody have some tried true tips on making a suitable coop? One that is lightweight and moveable but impenitrable for those darn coyotes? I have 6 fowl now...Time to move them out of dog crates and into a new luxury home. I want to build a basic fram with mesh wire that I can move about...one that's lightweight.

    I was thinking about getting some 2x2's and going to down with a standard box frame...maybe 4' wide, 5' deep and 3' tall? Making two of them. one for the chicks and one for the ducks (I have 3 each). Seem like enough space?
     
  2. Sarah315

    Sarah315 New Member

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    I'll have to take a picture of the portable coop I made. I have 12 chickens in there temporarily until the permanent coop is done. It's 4x8x4 tall. It is too small for them to live in all the time, but mine free range during the day and only sleep in there at night, safely enclosed in the garage. It's on wheels so we could wheel it about the yard when they were smaller and I was afraid to free range them. The problem I see with leaving them in it outside at night is the raccoons. Here's an awesome chicken site I belong to. Lots of good ideas. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/

    Here's the permanent coop
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  3. lori

    lori New Member

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    Yes, yes, yes, post pictures of your portable coops. I made a deal with my boyfriend early this summer--I did something for him and he was to build me a chicken tractor. Yeah, that worked out REAL well.

    I have a frame that I salvaged from something else... Unfortunately it's 4x4s but in some ways that's OK, too.

    I have the hook-up for chicken tractor links. :)
    http://www.energyfarms.net/node/1056
    http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/tractors.html

    Ok, well, 2 anyway. Google chicken tractor!

    Also google Joel Salatin, pastured poultry, etc
    http://thedeliberateagrarian.blogspot.com/2006/08/talkin-bout-my-chicken-tractor.html

    Mother Earth News... my favorite hippie farmers.
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2007-04-01/Portable-Chicken-Mini-coop-Plan.aspx
     
  4. BUC

    BUC Administrator

    Heheheheee....mention chickens and Lori about wets herself :D
     
  5. Brilliance

    Brilliance New Member

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    Hey fellow chicken folk!

    I am the 4th generation of purbred poultry breeders in my family. We've been at this for a long time. The Backyard site is great, I have met with the publisher a few times. I am supposed to write some articles for them as well (any suggestions?).

    Check out the Ohio National Poultry Show if you want to see some great pics. There is also the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association. I will be giving a seminar (clinic) on Poultry showing at the Ohio show.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can help with. While I have only ever delt with purbred stock, I can normally find or know most husbandry type questions.
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  6. lori

    lori New Member

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    You may be sorry. :p BUC is right, I think chickens are the coolest and I don't have any and consequently I am a little obsessed in planning for them. At one point my boyfriend said, not until he was dead, then I guess he felt a little too concerned either for his life or the relationship, so he caved.

    What's a humane recommendation for square footage per chicken in a chicken tractor? (No particular breed determined yet. Eggs are currently the only goal of this endeavor.)

    I can't figure out anywhere that says how much height they need in a chicken tractor for maximum chicken happiness. Any recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
  7. Brilliance

    Brilliance New Member

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    It really depends on the size of the breed (draft vs. pony). This site has a TON of pics of different types of coops http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/tractors.html. Here is also another resource site: http://www.mypetchicken.com/default.aspx I would reccomend anything that has an actuall "shed" portion. If the shed keeps them off the ground all the better. For winter keeping in most of the off the ground types a simple heat lamp would keep them warm enough. I am going to photobucket my favorite pics below. I know that we start hatching after the first of the year but I can find out now what breeds we will be having. For egg production Leghorns are the best, they come in several different colors and both standard and bantam. I currently raise Light Brown Leghorns and a few other breeds. http://www.the-coop.org/leghorn/ablc3.html This place has some pretty accurate pics of different breeds http://dblrsupply.pinnaclecart.com/

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