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    Albanach is offline Seedling
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    Default Opinions on this chicken house please...

    Unfortunately I am beginneing to think my homemade coop is not good enough for the chickens I am getting this weekend so am now looking at one of these houses plus runs. What do you guys think of this any comments good or bad?

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    Looks good. For how many hens? You might have to put on a mesh floor to stop foxes.
    What's wrong with the current house through? Seems a shame to spend money when you already have one - maybe we can help you resolve issues with the current coop?

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    The current house is a converted dog kennel with a box extension. In total it's 1180mm long, 600mm wide, the kennel is 711mm high to the apex of the roof and the box extension is 460mm high with a flat roof. I have two perches installed in the box extension (roosting height available 410mm - is this enough?) and the converted kennel will be a nesting area (2ft x 2ft). In total its about 7ft squared

    I'm hoping to get 2-3 hens.

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    I would see how they get on in the one you have built before spending out on a ready made one. That run looks very small anyway. Chances are anything you build will last much longer than a ready made one anyway - they are usually pretty flimsy.

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    The size of the run doesn't really matter as they will have a large fenced area to roam around in.

    Will a height of 410mm be enough for the birds to perch?

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    Mine perch at a similar height - it doens't have to be high, my friends coop is probably about 4 inches off the floor.. I pref mine a bit higher, so I can clean easily under it without taking the perch out (i.e. get rid of the poo before I do the weekly clean)... during that I take the perch out and make sure it's clean/free of mites.

    Or do you mean 410mm above their heads? Again, mine have a similar amount above their heads - they tend to rest down on their breast bone too when perching, although that said I did catch one of mine (who laid the huge egg) on one leg on the perch... I suspect that may have had something to do with it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismarks View Post
    Mine perch at a similar height - it doens't have to be high, my friends coop is probably about 4 inches off the floor.. I pref mine a bit higher, so I can clean easily under it without taking the perch out (i.e. get rid of the poo before I do the weekly clean)... during that I take the perch out and make sure it's clean/free of mites.

    Or do you mean 410mm above their heads? Again, mine have a similar amount above their heads - they tend to rest down on their breast bone too when perching, although that said I did catch one of mine (who laid the huge egg) on one leg on the perch... I suspect that may have had something to do with it though.
    Yeah I mean 410mm above their heads - the perch is about 50-60mm off the floor.

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    I would have thought that would be ok - unless you're getting massive birds!

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