Thursday, April 22, 2010

Building a Chicken Coop


I'm excited, I plan on building a chicken coop (very similar to this one) this weekend with a friend! I've never built anything but I bought some plans online and I understand them so that is a good start! Hopefully 2 building newbies like us will be able to build this coop! I will probably be getting 2 chicks soon to eventually occupy the coop! My daughter will have a blast and they should become very docile, friendly hens having been taken care of by hand since a young chicken age!


I'm bringing myself an inch closer to my dream of a farm by bringing the hens into the city! I'd also love to start a small garden for vegetables, but I will need to figure out where I'd put them... With all the natural fertilizer I will be getting, it would be a great idea! But I'm also a gardening newbie so I might be putting a bit too much on my plate!

10 Comentários:

Technodoll said...

Hello fellow chicken lover!

You will looove your hens... only problem is, they're like potato chips: one is never enough! ;-)

One word of caution when building a coop: you want it ventilated and insulated and solid enough for our harsh long cold damp winters or your girls will get sick.

They don't go out when it's too cold and snowy so do plan on building your coop big enough to allow for lots of "cooped-up time" during the winter, or they will go crazy.

Do lots of research on ventilation and such, you'll be glad you did ;-)

Jess said...

Make sure your area is coded for chickens! You don't want neighbors making trouble for you!

And watch out for that fertilizer - my sister got VERY sick from that exact, special, fresh brand! ;)

Good luck, inshAllah, your plans will be complete quickly.

Umm Omar said...

Wow, let us know how that goes. We also want to get some chickens soon, but are waiting until we move in about a month.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

I wish you success! My dream is to have some chickens and a goat when we live in a house.

caraboska said...

You sure it's legal to have chickens where you are? Zoning regulations in residential areas sometimes prohibit 'farm animals' - would be good to check.

Anisah said...

Kudos !! from farmville in virtual to the real thing !! lol
I'm not sure though..but don;t u need more than 2 chicks for them to survive? I may be wrong.

rahma said...

I'm so jealous. Don't you live in an apartment though? Where are you putting the coop?

Candice said...

technodoll: I thought of this problem too. I have another place to put them for winter that might work. It's a storage shed-like thing attached to the house. It's probably 5'x8' and has a 2'x2' window about 6 feet up from the ground. No cross-ventilation, but I think it might work. If not, I will honestly probably just have to have them for dinner or find someone to adopt them. I know that the chicken ark is not very good for winter, but with the situation I'm in, I need to build something that can be easily moved and easily sold if things don't work out...

Jess and Caraboska: There is no specific law about chickens, but it does say that we can have domestic animals and not farm animals in my area. In Vancouver, it is the same law, but chickens are specified as being considered domestic. In Toronto, it is the same law, but chickens are specified as not domestic. So I figure it's not allowed directly and not not allowed.

Anisah: I think any number of chicks could survive with good conditions. I will have a lamp and stuff. Should be fine... I hope!

Rahma: I do but the owner is not against the idea and the backyard is mine.

Aurangzeb said...

Oh It's chicken Coop.. I was expecting Chicken Soup!!! :P...

You built it??? its awesome MashaALLAH

Candice said...

Aurangzeb: No, I haven't built it yet. The plans I have are for something very close to what I put up in the picture. So I will hope it looks like that when I'm done with it! Should start tomorrow if all goes well.

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