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Been a few years since I last had chickens. I enjoyed having them and last spring I had a family friend giving away some laying hens. I'd found out on a Monday and hurried and threw together walls and a roof and by that Friday when I called about them shed already gave them away…. so I just let the project set. Over the winter tho I kind of got sick and seeing the building set there so I decided I'd give it another go this spring. I built the lean to, put some old window panes in the back and other side and got a hold of a buddy that has a sawmill and he gave me some of his reject lumber for siding. Took way to long to build but turned out nice.
All the framing lumber for the coop and run was salvaged from old decks that I'd tore apart for ppl. The posts for the building were landscaping timbers that I had on hand and the door was a old one that I took off my house last year when I went through and replaced all mine. I had to buy the fence, roofing, osb and some hardware. Last time I had chickens I had 20 and over the course of two years coons, dogs and opossums ate all but two. So this time I put down wire mesh around the base of the run and put cardboard down over it and everything else to prevent grass growth and then some small gravel that I have left over from a landscaping job at the house. Also I had a couple bags of concrete so I mixed it and the rock together to make a concrete floor in the coop, if anything can get in through that floor I just hope my house isn't next lol. The pieces of concrete shown along the front were old pieces that I'd broke up and tore away from the house. The gravel is a good 4 inch deep so the concrete allows a better walking area so that we don't sink.
Kind of a long post but it did take a a year to build. lol. Thanks for reading

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Nice coop. Our old coop is 7X21' and it is now my dry kiln. Some time this week we need
to butcher 35 more chickens that a friend and I raised for meat. The last ones (20) we
butchered a week ago weighed in at almost 10# each. Two years ago I had two that weighed 23 #.
Our chicken coop smells much better filled with wood than chickens. HA HA.
 

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No doubt. They poop everywhere. Supposedly ducks are worst from what I've heard. This coop sets rights across from our house and driveway. I tried to make it nice. It's set up pretty well that if I get sick of the birds it'll make a nice little garden shed. I should have mentioned the coop is 6×6 and the run is 5.5 by 5.5. Only have 5 comets in it now and I think that's plenty if I can get them to start laying better. Had them about 2 weeks now. Got them from a old woman that had tons of them and let they free range. Got 4 eggs the first day then they settled into 1 or 2 eggs. Did get 3 a few days ago. Im feeding them Egg Production layer pellets and corn (50/50 mix) and letting them free range the last two hours of each day. If anyone has suggestions on how to get them to let more without having a rooster I'll gladly listen.
 

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A rooster is only helpful if you want the cackleberries fertilized. Generally for a first year of egg production, a more realisitic number of eggs could be 280-300 per year. For that they may need extended lighting during the winter. It takes a hen 26 hours to make an egg. After completion of the second year you should expect production numbers to go down. Just like people, they are born with a limited number of eggs. Old layers make good soup too.
 

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That is really nice. Good looking and well thought out. I have also fed the local wildlife more than enough chickens. Currently the coop is storage.
 

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coop or storage - either way pretty nice - super door for a coop lol
 

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At my house that would be considered a guest cottage. Nice!
 

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Don't know much about chickens, except that they taste good. I bet they got the fanciest chicken coop door for a hundred mile or more. Looks good and may no wild varmints get your chickens!
 

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In case anyone ever sees this, the one thing I wish I did different is to put the door where it opens out. Opening in is nice cause it forces the chickens to get out of the way but it takes up a lot of usable space. A door that opens out would have been much better
 
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