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The book I mentioned does have plans for a simple coop, with dimensions and all. Otherwise backyardchickens.com has may designs and I'm sure there are some with dimensions/plans that could work for you.
There is always room for more ideas, everyone will have their unique take. Thank you for the vote!
I was working on a very similar structable here :) I discarded it as soon as I read yours... and I voted for you for the contest :)
We used to raise them in our backyard as a child (in the 60's) & my parents grew up on a country farm(s)....they taught us you clip only ONE WING, doesn't matter which side, & that kept them from going over the fences. They could still "low-fly" around, but not get over the top of fence. Us kids sure learned a lot raising them....It was fun !
That sounds like the farmer who tried to get a loan from the government and they did not give him the loan because the chicken coop had 4 doors and they did not give him the loan. You see it can not be coop , coops have doors. His coop had 4 doors. That something Hillery can use as all of her followers are a herd of chickens. - rleard1
Know why a chicken coup has two doors? Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan. - dufus2506
nice article,however I want to see more details on how to build the coop. Will someone either help me find detailed information about building chicken coops or post plans?? - JamesC44
Thanks for advice. - wavesailor
Yep, we clipped their wings. Although if we left town and weren't checking on them as frequently, we'd leave them in the run.
Definitely important to bury the edges of the wire if you have predators. Thanks for pointing out the coop/coup. Didn't notice that on my proofs.
Flooding is way worse up north near you than down in Tempe, but totally know what you mean. It feels like three storms worth of rain in 5 minutes.
Nope, no roosters necessary. However if you buy chicks, they do a good job of separating the sexes, but sometimes you don't know you got a rooster till he starts crowing. Just something to watch out for
Nice! Here's another option: take drawers from abandoned cabinets and turn them into shelves. When I remodeled my kitchen I did this with shallow drawers for spice jars and deeper drawers for canning jars and such-sized containers. They are mounted to the wall with a version of a French-cleat. I did these before I knew about Instructables or I'd have done a step-by-step. I have a few more drawers to re-purpose so if/when I get around to them . . . . right! There are Instructables about repurposing drawers that can give anyone who's interested enough info to get started -- and finish! It really is astounding how lovely foodstuff stored in jars can be when kept in view -- and how much more positive reinforcement of scratch cooking methods can you get than looking at what you're starting with?
I lived in Denver 40+ years ago and it had the same pattern of precipitation. On paper it reads semi-arid, and the old storm-drain set up was based on that notion -- so when it rained IT RAINED HARD and the highways and roadways would flood. Compare that with where I was born, in Hawaii. At sea level it's tropical, and there's a LOT of rain but it comes mostly in small daily doses (with the occasional typhoon/hurricane to keep things interesting). And where I live now (mid-Atlantic, inland) is one of those relatively unpredictable meteorological grab-bags. Lesson: don't look at just annual precip figures, esp. if you are new to an area. - OneBirdieMa
This is spectacular! HOWEVER would someone please get the headline writer's spell check to recognize that it is a chicken COOP not a coup. OK, now that that's out of my zero-tolerance proofreader mentality, I'll go back to the +++++ response. Where I live (NoVA) has about the opposite weather/climate of Phoenix -- beginning with hot means humid, and all the rest of the mid-Atlantic temperate zone/four season malarkey. Still, ventilation (or at least the option to increase or decrease it) is probably the most important thing to consider here, too. That said, I describe where I live as suburban small-holding hell, which means among other things AND THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT the county has regulations regarding the number of farm animals (e.g. chickens) a suburban homeowner may host on a given lot. They can be gotten around, but it's important to do this BEFORE investint time, energy and money in a chicking-loving agricultural project. Finally, we do have predators -- mammalian and avian -- so here having the chickens always under cover is imperative -- as well as having the cage tight to the ground if mobile or sunk a foot or two if a permanent structure. Now I shall proceed for my own benefit to digest this 'ible thoroughly and add it to my collection of information on the subject. One of these days . . . . . - OneBirdieMa
Ok, now I know you don't need a roster to have eggs!!! I am on it!! - Din Ese
two choicesOne = Clip primary feathers, does no harm, but feathers grow backTwo = keep chickens in a large cage - DDW_OR
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