Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #195 on: March 21, 2014, 13:10 »
Love the flowers!
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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #196 on: March 21, 2014, 13:29 »
that's very pretty sue - lucky chooks

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #197 on: March 22, 2014, 21:53 »
Heres my hen coop and run. Just finished yesterday and chickens now in and settling down.
Went a bit mad with design. Bit of Kirsty Allsop in me  :D

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #198 on: March 23, 2014, 08:09 »
Heres my hen coop and run. Just finished yesterday and chickens now in and settling down.
Went a bit mad with design. Bit of Kirsty Allsop in me  :D

Élégant poulailler!

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #199 on: May 23, 2014, 15:54 »
Redid the coop as moving sheds around. concrete base due to mole!!!
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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #200 on: May 23, 2014, 15:59 »
wow grinling - that's good enough to live in yourself !!! let alone chooks  ;)

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #201 on: May 23, 2014, 16:04 »
had a potting shed, which is dismantled and moving to where the other shed was.
chooks still come out when raining though!!. has a dust bath as well as a raised house, so can be hosed down.
they free ranged for a month with no enclosure, but no sign of fox around here, but normally out in the garden, unless it is school hols.

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #202 on: May 29, 2014, 03:09 »
We use a cam in our coop and one in our run.




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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #203 on: June 13, 2014, 18:04 »
Brilliant, and I love the cams set up!

Hannah :)

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #204 on: July 12, 2014, 12:04 »
like the cam idea but where are the girls lol ??
Pull up a perch!!

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #205 on: January 12, 2015, 10:45 »
Am loving all the cute coops and beautiful birds on this thread!!  So many different designs and sizes...love it! 

 Now comes the hillbilly US coop I built for $200 and recently tweaked with scraps of lumber, some of which were 50 yrs old or more.  Mine is a cattle panel hoop coop that started out pretty open air but this summer I built in the ends and added an extra hoop, then added a dog house on the back of it as well for my faithful chicken dog, Jake. 

When I first built it, it looked like this and was big enough to house 20 chickens comfortably, had two nest boxes and two long roosts, one pop door.



Nest boxes were outside access and made from plastic totes, scrap tongue in groove lumber....



After last winter's bitter cold subzero temps and finding my coop too dark, too dank and not big enough for my liking when birds were confined to it in deep snows, I decided to do a big coop tweak this summer and change things.  I added another hoop on the back, placed the next boxes in the front, roosts way in the back, added a clear tarp for winter and will replace with a shadier tarp for summer, I LOVE the changes.  I left more ventilation open during the cold temps this year but still find my coop warm, dry and sunny, which was the desired result in the designs that I built in.  Also added Jake an attached, well insulated dog house with a stoop on it that covers the winter pop door entrance so they have dry footing coming in and out and so does he. 



The clear tarp made for a sunny coop...wish I had thought of that sooner!



The new roosts are easily detachable and I can reach any bird on any roost by standing in the middle, which I love.  The roosting area has three large windows that can be opened up in summer for cross breezes and the tarp flaps lift on the sides still to allow airflow throughout the rest of the coop as well.



The front has outside access doors to the nests, drop down windows over those to let in more air, and...I love this part...feed sack rain flaps to keep the rain from blowing into the side crack of the access doors.   :lol:



I left intentional cracks at all levels in the coop for extra passive air flow and I'm liking how that turned out this winter.

I have wooden feed troughs I built out of scrap lumber in the classic "V" shape of traditional hog troughs, as I feed a wet feed ration of fermented layer mash.  In the warm months the chooks drink out of a communal water tub along with the dog but in winter he has his own heated dog bucket and they have a heated dog bowl raised up out of the litter...currently on a step stool but I'm going to build a drop down/stow away water platform with a roost they can get up on to drink, so as to keep the open water away from the deep litter they like to plow through. 

Here's a pic of the coop last week before I cleared the snow off the sides....



Water bowl temporarily up on mother's step stool....   :lol:



I don't have a run, as these birds free range over 3 acres of meadow and adjacent woods.  We have 18 acres here, mostly wooded.  Their pop door is open 24/7, so they can come and go as they like and life is good for them here....they eat mostly foraged foods in the spring/summer/fall with only a little feed supplement.



The chicken dog...keeps them safe.  He only looks like he's not on duty....really.  He's just pretending to sleep....













I guess you could say that's my coop and run setup in a nutshell.  I've been raising chickens almost 40 yrs in various places and coop styles, most flocks were free range. 

I'm loving reading this forum and learning how you guys do it across the big water.   :)

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #206 on: January 12, 2015, 12:21 »
lovely set up you have there Beekissed
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barley

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #207 on: January 14, 2015, 05:57 »
wow BK what beautiful healthy chooks you have , they look well cared for
you live in a beautiful place

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #208 on: January 14, 2015, 06:49 »
Looks fabulous - do you not have any predator issues with the pop door left open 24/7?

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #209 on: January 14, 2015, 16:26 »
Thank you all!  No, the dog takes care of predators for me.  He's a good chicken dog, though a tad too friendly to passing stray dogs.  Luckily that doesn't happen often. 



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