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    Where's the pix of the chickadees?
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    "peep peep, peep peep. Peep?" say the chickens.

    Translation:
    "Let us out, let us out. Treats?"
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    We have been raising Chickens for over 20 years and this time I up/graded our Chicken House. Bought a new 8' x 16' Pre Made Storage Building and converted it into a Chicken House and added a outside area on one end. They do quite well thru the cold winters in it and are now free ranging during the day. We get 10-15 eggs a day and extras sold at the feed store.

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ID:	683660 I walled off the first 4 ft of the Coup and put a door and screen in. That way you can walk into the Coup and not let them out and deal with the feed and water stuff. I put a big vent on their end with a drop down door during the winter super cold temps and winds. They like to sleep on it when up! The Big Sprinkler on the Post I for Wild Fire Fighting reasons. It gets hooked up to a 1" firehose during the worst part of the year ready to keep stuff wet down including the chicken coup. Can't be every where at once with a hose fast so a lot are pre set up in advance.

    This is what we shoot for!
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    Spurred on by the actual sunshine and the fear of chicken rebellion further progress has been made.

    QA was keeping a close eye on the work.

    Floor and post and beam frame installed and squared up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD4044M View Post
    We have been raising Chickens for over 20 years and this time I up/graded our Chicken House. Bought a new 8' x 16' Pre Made Storage Building and converted it into a Chicken House and added a outside area on one end. They do quite well thru the cold winters in it and are now free ranging during the day. We get 10-15 eggs a day and extras sold at the feed store.

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ID:	683660 I walled off the first 4 ft of the Coup and put a door and screen in. That way you can walk into the Coup and not let them out and deal with the feed and water stuff. I put a big vent on their end with a drop down door during the winter super cold temps and winds. They like to sleep on it when up! The Big Sprinkler on the Post I for Wild Fire Fighting reasons. It gets hooked up to a 1" firehose during the worst part of the year ready to keep stuff wet down including the chicken coup. Can't be every where at once with a hose fast so a lot are pre set up in advance.
    My goal is a set up that functions the same as yours. We out have 10 chickens our original plan was 6 but somehow that grew to 10.

    My out door run is going to be a bit larger because I won't be able to let them free range as much as I would like to.
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    I like the way you build your buildings! Rustic Looking better put some meat on that pup unless it is a Coon Dog! Don't mind me my Newfoundland Dogs weigh around 180 lbs!Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD4044M View Post
    I like the way you build your buildings! Rustic Looking better put some meat on that pup unless it is a Coon Dog! Don't mind me my Newfoundland Dogs weigh around 180 lbs!Click image for larger version. 

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    Our mountain dog is around 120lbs but she is pushing 12 years old now and her hips just aren't working well. We have another lab mix and she is around 80lbs, same age as the mountain dog.

    The new puppy is about 4 months old now and is a rescue from Puerto Rico. No idea what she is made of but she's very sweet and full of trouble.

    The shed (both of them) is from Jamaica Cottage Shop. They are an outfit out of Vermont and this one is a "pre cut kit". So everything is measured marked and cut ready to nail together. I'm sure I could build something like this from scratch but time is money and I have no time. The attention to detail from this place is top notch and everything fits like it should, so long as you can make it level and square. The only cutting needed is to fit some of the trim tightly. I can't take credit for design but I did put all the pieces together. I also add steel brackets where needed for added protection, as well as construction adhesive in key spots.

    A little more progress today before it was time to put down the guns.
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    More progress today. Still a long way from done but it's almost dry inside.
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    The "kit" is now complete. Still more to do before I can moves the chickens in but it's close.
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    Roost is done and the whole coop got a healthy dose of Thompson's water seal both inside and outside. I will cut in the pop door when I get the run finished, and the nest boxes will be at a later date.

    Chickens should be moved to their new home by the end of the weekend.

    Edit: The pergola that will be the main run area got started. Hopefully I will get some hops and some grapes growing on it this season.
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