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    Posted: May 02 2013 at 9:32pm
Chicken Fun Begins!
Thumbs Up We purchased 16 baby chickens and will try to show anyone wanting to do this how easy it
is with a little hard work. Your chickens will be happy and safe. We had a small area for the
chickens so by the time they were ready for the outdoors they were ready. We insulated our
whole coop.

Our chickens will be able to free range on our 10 acres but their inside enclosed area is 8x8 and
the fenced area for them will be 8x16. We will have to keep an eye on them when out. We have
many predators and don't won't anything happening to them.

We did not lose a single chick so if you have questions about raising them please don't hesitate
to ask. You don't have to post just send us a email and we would be happy to help you.



Before I even begin I know this is a over kill on building a chicken coop. But this
is how we built our coop.
You have to dig the holes. So here are the holes and
a few more pics just to get the ball rolling. Really the hardest part was digging the
holes.



WOW! We started the framing. When you do this part make sure it is square so that all the
rest of your build goes well. Treated lumber buried in the ground so that they don't rot.



We are on are way to raising chickens. It's a lot of work but well worth it. We have the
insulation on the floor here. Don't want are baby's getting cold in this Colorado weather.



Insulation!



Major over kill but we have a lot of predators in our area and they are not getting our baby's. Next
is the framing of sides and nesting area. Out side view here with inside following.





Outside of nesting area.



Inside of nesting area.



We pre-made these nesting box's but if we wouldn't have they would of looked a little different
and fit in a better fashion, but it's all good. We like how it's coming together.



At this point we are starting the siding with entry door to be cut out in front. It's taking shape at
this point but a long way to go.

 

Nesting access is a lift up door so that you can open the top and retrieve your beautiful eggs.



Sorry, the only picture I had of this scene was with me in it. We have a slanted roof and this can
be any slant you want to have. None of this build is meant to be the only way to do this but it
has come with a lot of research on chickens and it's our way of doing it. Keep your chickens safe
and keep them warm, cool in the summer time.


 
"Did you know chickens prefer to roost on rounded boards and not square"

We made are roosting area out of 2x4's but we split them and they have a more natural curve for
chickens feet.  We have researched a large number of coop's and we liked this design we have.
It has a lot of features from different view points from a lot of different people.

Chickens are now indoors in their home and doing well.



Well, here is a back picture of the vents were putting in.



Almost done with the coop. Need to start the pen area.



Here is the almost finished product.



Still want to bring the fenced area out another 8 feet. A little more room for my
lady's.



We installed this type waterer so that they really can't run out of water.
The end is connected to a five gallon bucket and will be easily filled outside
the coop. Stay tuned for more. Our chicks were 12 weeks old on 6/17/2013



We are anticipating our first egg next month, at least I'm hoping! It may not happen
but our chickens are very happy and friendly. We will have our first egg photo's on
next

Well it finally came and it's very nice. Small but nice!



Here it is next to a carton that was purchased. You can clearly see the size difference.
It's a great day and many more to come. Please stay tuned for more information on
raising chickens and the egg collection.



More To Come






Edited by Colorado Outings - Aug 10 2013 at 8:43pm
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Looking Good Nice Job With Your Chickens
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