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  • Just got 6 chickens!

    Now I have to build a chicken coop, thinking to do a insulated 4X4 around 6-7 ft tall......what size do you normally make the nests? I am planning on making two nests, since that is all the people who I got them from had for about 15 chickens. I'll have an area out front of the coop for them to be outside, probably 4X8 area with half covered......any other ideas? I may make the coop a little bigger so I can store the feed in it..

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    Nest boxes 10x10 should be fine. Put a landing bar in the front of the nesting boxes so they can land on the bar first, then hop in. Can be just a 1x2 wooden bar.
    4 x 4 coop seems a little small for 6 full size chickens, especially since they tend to hole up more in the winter. You will have a stinky crowded coop come January, which brings its own set of problems.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info, I did decide to go with a 5X5 coop, with a door to clean it out and I plan on making a little closet to store the food. I used 2X6's for the floor and 2X4's for the walls, will insulate all around, thinking of putting a window in too.

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      • #4
        Consider you'll need room for a waterer and feeder in there, roosts, and nest boxes...
        You'll also want power for a water heater and a light.
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        • #5
          Consider predators too. People over here have had chickens and ducks but they usually end up as animal feed.

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          • #6
            I use a 18 gal rubber tote an lid with a hole cut in it or 5gal buckets. I have 9 chicken in each coop and a half pallett for a roost

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ak rob View Post
              I use a 18 gal rubber tote an lid with a hole cut in it or 5gal buckets. I have 9 chicken in each coop and a half pallett for a roost
              Are you using them as feeders to put the pellets in? how do you keep them from falling out? The chickens won't over eat?

              I have a typical waterer and the chickens keep pooping in it! How do you stop that?

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              • #8
                I use the 18gal totes and 5 gal bucket as nesting boxs, for water i use 1 gal bucket, for feed i made feeders out of pvc pipe and a y fitting

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                • #9
                  There lot of YouTube videos on pvc pipe feeder, chicken tractor too.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by msta999 View Post

                    Are you using them as feeders to put the pellets in? how do you keep them from falling out? The chickens won't over eat?

                    I have a typical waterer and the chickens keep pooping in it! How do you stop that?
                    Chickens won't overeat. We use a hanging feeder and keep it filled. You'll never completely prevent them crapping in the waterer, but elevating it 6 or 8 inches above the floor helps a lot to keep it clean a lot longer.

                    ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
                    I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
                    The last thing Alaska needs is another bigot. ~member Catch It

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by msta999 View Post

                      I have a typical waterer and the chickens keep pooping in it! How do you stop that?
                      chicken nipples! Work great! I have a heated water bucket with chicken nipples installed. Plugged in during the winter, unplug in the summer. Chickens learn real quick how to use it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by greyinggrayling View Post

                        chicken nipples! Work great! I have a heated water bucket with chicken nipples installed. Plugged in during the winter, unplug in the summer. Chickens learn real quick how to use it.
                        Is this the hanging type? I see several types on Amazon, I'll stop by the local feed store and see what they have.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by iofthetaiga View Post
                          Consider you'll need room for a waterer and feeder in there, roosts, and nest boxes...
                          You'll also want power for a water heater and a light.
                          I did put an outlet in, figured one plug for a heated waterer and one for a heat lamp......now I'm thinking I should install a light switch for a light......

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ak rob View Post
                            I use the 18gal totes and 5 gal bucket as nesting boxs, for water i use 1 gal bucket, for feed i made feeders out of pvc pipe and a y fitting
                            I built nests, which hang on the outside of the coop, I plan on insulating them with 1 inch Styrofoam. The feeder that came with the chickens was made out of PCV 4 inch pipe, which I have to fill about every day and a half, thinking of going bigger so it will last longer.

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                            • #15
                              I'm almost done with my coop, I have to insulate it and put in some kind of paneling on the inside to cover the insulation. any recommendations for paneling on the inside, that isn't too pricey? I couldn't believe how much siding was! it has gone way up! and when I put insulation in the floor joists, when should I use to cover the bottom? I am also planning on putting in some kind of laminated flooring, to cover the particle board and make it easier to clean out.

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