Our New Coop


| 8/5/2014 10:12:00 AM


Tags: Chicken Coop, Chickens, Brooder, Chicks, Broilers, Mulberry Acres Farm, Brenda Arthur,

Brenda ArthurMy dream coop is done! At least enough for the chickens to move in!

I have waited several months for John to build our new chicken coop, and it is nearly complete (just decorative touches needed)! It is a triple coop that will house the meat/broiler chickens. One section will house the breeding hens and their rooster, the middle will be used for new hatchlings (if I don’t have a broody hen at the time and need to incubate the eggs), equipment and supplies, and the last section for the roosters to grow a bit before being moved to the chicken tractor in the pasture.

coop 

Inside brood area

The coop is 8 by 24 feet. The interior is sectioned into three separate areas. The interior walls really aren’t walls but are chicken wire with a screen door to each area. This will help with heating and ventilation and also allow the older chickens to see and get used to the chicks before they are moved from the chick section. There are two chicken doors – one for each end section to let the chickens out to yet-to-be-built covered runs when they can’t be let out to free-range on pasture. We covered the outside in pre-primed osb instead of the usual T111 siding. Not as heavy, but it is fairly well protected from the weather and will be much easier to paint!

Inside 

linda dicks
8/11/2014 9:07:29 PM

Two suggestions you might think about. Vinyl leftovers from the local big box helps out ALOT. Makes clean up so much easier. A strip of vinyl floor runner (light weight and runs about a $1 a running foot) put under the roosts is a dream to clean. Either pick up and take outside or take a small hoe and scrape it off into a heap to scoop into a bucket. I scrape mine off daily and take it out and hose it off scrubbing it off with old brush weekly.


mulberryacresfarm
8/7/2014 10:36:54 AM

The exterior door is actually 36 inches and the interior doors 30 inches. So far no problems with being able to clean - however the wood shavings do get moved around with opening and closing the interior doors but I didn't want the the baby chicks when loose to be able to go under them so I can deal with the shavings.


anettee
8/5/2014 3:58:24 PM

Nice coop but I see 2 design flaws. The first is you will want a larger door come cleaning time.I learned this the hard way. The second opening a door over wood shavings is going to be a pain.





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