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Kathy Rayner

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Building a chicken coop - Instructions by Home Depot
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:33:00 pm »
A simple design with apx 12 sq feet floor space to house 4 standard size chickens.  Step 3 of part 1 gives you an idea of size (I didn't see an overall size listed - but I didn't read all of the instructions).

http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/build-a-chicken-coop-pt-1/

http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/build-a-chicken-coop-pt-2/

http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/build-a-chicken-coop-pt-3/
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Terry Prichard

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I see three issues with the plans that need improvement.

1) access for cleanup is limited to reaching through the nest boxes (not ideal) or working through the ramp opening which looks to be about 12-15 inches wide. 

2) they need a night time roost or they will sit on top of the nest boxes and we all know what that will lead to.

3) there is very limited ventilation when the ramp is closed at night, easily fixed.

My advise is keep it simple but plan for daily maintenance.  If the design makes it difficult it will probably not get done as often.
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Kathy Rayner

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You are absolutely right! It is a pretty basic design and would definitely need to be tweaked to make it viable. Could be a good starting place for someone to use as a guide. Thanks for your input!

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