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  • Tue, Oct 11, 2011 - 08:06pm

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    chicken coop

Has anyone ordered a relatively inexpensive chicken coop that they can recommend?  I’ve been looking around online, but it’s hard to tell what’s well made and what’s not.  I’m looking for one with a built in run and only plan to have a few birds.

Thanks!

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  • Tue, Oct 11, 2011 - 11:03pm

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    Try a chicken tractor

 

A chicken tractor is a smaller, mobile coop that is designed to be frequently moved around the yard. This offers a great many advantages, one of which is low cost. Check out Joel Salatin who has written a book "Pastured Poultry Profits" on the construction, advantages and use of chicken tractors. Others have published on these as well.

IMHO it’s the only way to raise chickens.

  • Wed, Oct 12, 2011 - 01:06am

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    Movable Coop or Paddocks is Important

I agree with earthwise.  If you buy or  build a stationary coop for use on grass, unless you use rotating paddocks, you’ll end up with an unattractive, unhealthy, mud pit for a run in a few weeks.   If you can move your chickens in a chicken tractor every few to several days, you’ll be giving them fresh grass, bugs and giving them more to occupy themselves, resulting in happier chickens.

  • Wed, Oct 12, 2011 - 01:13am

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    Coop

Eagle Rocker, we just built a coop this summer!  I have 21 chickens now   My original plan was 5 or 6.  lol

Check out the plan designs at BackYardChickens.com, plus there is a ton of info about everything chicken.

 http://www.backyardchickens.com/coopdesigns.html  

The forum on coops is fabulous & lots of great people to help with questions & recommendations galore!

 

  • Wed, Oct 12, 2011 - 03:51am

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To save money and get well made coops I built my own; see my article for photos; they are heavy but built to last for years.

https://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/raising-your-own-chickens/49527

I keep the coop in a large fenced paddock so the chickens can range during the day and lock up the coop at night when the chickens come in to roost.

 

 

  • Wed, Oct 12, 2011 - 05:57am

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    Woodman wrote:To save money

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To save money and get well made coops I built my own; see my article for photos; they are heavy but built to last for years.

https://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/raising-your-own-chickens/49527

I keep the coop in a large fenced paddock so the chickens can range during the day and lock up the coop at night when the chickens come in to roost.

 

 

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Doh!!! Where’s my brain!! I’ve referred several potential chicken wranglers to your article, Woodman, and then draw a blank at an opportune moment. Sorry.

Sure glad you were there to back me up.

Great info, by the way.

  • Wed, Oct 12, 2011 - 02:39pm

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    home made chicken “tractor”

Like Woodman, I built my own "tractor" out of scraps and about $100 of new materials (mostly wheels and threaded rod to serve as axles).  I fenced off a section of the garden and kept the tractor in there over the summer while the chicks grew and started laying.  They happily weeded and fertilized that section and I intend to repeat that practice rotating to different sections of the garden each year.

The tractor doesn’t seem very practical for the winter, so recently converted a portion of a shed near the house for winter quarters.  They were moved into the coop a few weeks ago.  I fenced in a small area around the coop, but I usually let them roam free after their morning egg laying is done.  Fortunately, we have congenial neighbors who actually encouraged me to let them roam.

This is the first time I have ever had chickens, and I didn’t realize beforehand how much amusement they provide, not to mention the eggs.

Doug

  • Thu, Oct 13, 2011 - 04:25am

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    Coop ideas

 For the original poster, you probably found searching online buying a well built coop is fairly expensive. You could try Craiglist; I see ads there all the time from folks wanting to get rid of coops.

Depending on the size of your run the coop need not be very big.  Mine never go in the coop except to lay or at night to roost, so crowding is not a problem and probably helps them keep warmer in the winter. T

  • Fri, Oct 14, 2011 - 04:51pm

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    If you want a cheap one. but

If you want a cheap one. but materials and build from scrach. It will be more cheapes and will be done like you want

  • Fri, Oct 14, 2011 - 06:10pm

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    Woodman’s article

I just reread Woodman’s article and appreciate his insights and experience more than I did before I had chickens.  There is one point I’d like more feedback on.  A neighbor has a dozen chickens, one of which is a rooster.  We got six chicks, three of them roosters.  If they are supposed to sex them at the factory, they did a bad job in our case.  You may want to check if this is done at the source of your chicks.

One question I have is about roosts.  I put one in the winter coop about 7′ long, 18" off the floor, but they don’t roost on it.  Most of them huddle together on the floor while one has decided she likes the window I put in and another prefers a nesting box.  I used a tree branch for the roost.  Any ideas?

Doug

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