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My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby tygrysek75 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:00 pm

Hi ,I wanted to share with you my DIY project.After we build log cabin in the garden we had lots of leftovers of difrent materials.I had sugested to my husband that we should use them to build chicken cop.So with lots of
He's help somehow I had managed to put it together;enjoy
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This is a finished project,chicken run is around 7m long and 1,5m wide
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The front opens to make cleaning easier
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Part of the roof is made from glass
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View of the chicken run old tyre from my car is great to keep sand for sandbaths,and some vegetables and herbs for them to eat in planter box.
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The most expensive item I had to get was wiremesh,but i gues its worth it to keep them safe when I'm not around:)
It was at times very chellenging but also rewarding project.Hope you all also like it:) :D
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3 nest boxes blocked at the moment to stop my pullets sleep in them:)
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby nymnymsuxx » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:49 pm

Thats really cool :) I wish I had the room and the patience to build something like this :)
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby Mrs T » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:31 am

We have 4 hens - new to this, but loving it - and hope to build a better coup than our bought one. Bought ones are OK to start with, but there always seems to be something not quite right. Your DIY coup looks massive and very well made. Well done. Will take a really good look at pictures and try and get some ideas from them. Thanks.
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby foxy » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:34 am

Excellent, have changed this to a sticky :D
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby podstable » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:57 am

Wow--thats great--well done! My runs from left overs leave a lot to be desired!! Ros
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby tygrysek75 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:52 pm

Hi,I had done few improvment to my cop as when you got the chickens then you know what you need.First problem I had was mistake with the hight of nesting boxes.This would be very time consuming to make right so instead I had risen the perches.My chickens liked to sleep in nestboxes and for a while I did not mind.But the time passed and 1 of my hens are getting ready for her first egg so I come up with the solution of hunging stripes of rubber in front of nestboxes to stop them go there.Now all my chickens after training sleep nicely on perches.I can now shorten the rubber stripes to make them able to get in.On the pictutes you have still longer stripes.I hope you enjoy new improvments.Almost forgot the most important was the new roof covering fully all run for them. :D
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new roof,please excuse mess in the garden(winter thats why,still plenty to do)
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difrent view of the run with roof(sorry-mess everywere)
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new hight fot perches
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Rubber stips in front of nest boxes
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water bottle for them inside to drink after they go inn.
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selfmade spring feeder otside-works very well
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nest boxes acces from ottside
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Thank you for all lovely comments so far :-)99 :-)99 :D
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby chrismahon » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:38 pm

Nice job Tygrysek. Joist hangers is a good idea for the perches. Where did you get the rubber strips from? We have used Wilko's car mats and partially slit them but the last lot were no good at all. The rubber is now very weak and tears easily so the strips fall off so we need an alternative plan for the next coop.
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby tygrysek75 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:47 pm

My husband had a good lauugh when he seen them-you can build house on them-he said)but could not find anything smaller at that time.
The rubber matt I got that from e-bay(cut the stripes my self) but the smalest piece was still to much for me,I still have some left over. :D
I had scruwed this to a wood and jammed in space above the nest boxes,to prevent falling off screved 1 more screw before the wood.
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby DanHibbert » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:58 pm

I have never seen a water dispensor of this type used for chickens. Great idea.
I guess the water will stay cleaner in a bottle dispenser compared to a traditional water feeder. Did you have to teach your birds how to use it?
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Re: My DIY chicken cop & run

Postby tygrysek75 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:04 pm

The nipple drinkers are usually used in big hatcheries and poultry keepers,I just have done it on the small scale.I wanted to do it in the bottom of some bucket but could not find anything suitable for now.The bottle drinker I made especially for the chicks as make so much mess with traditional drinkers and you have to replace water few times a day.They lern very quickly natural curiosoty make them peck at things so very quickly find this out.
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