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Old 04-26-2021, 12:52 PM   #51
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Subscribed. I'm definitely going to be looking back on this when we pull the trigger on getting a few hens
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:36 PM   #52
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Very cool!
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:52 PM   #53
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With the price of lumber lately, those hens better produce a lot of eggs.
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Old 04-26-2021, 08:13 PM   #54
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With the price of lumber lately, those hens better produce a lot of eggs.

No kidding. Fortunately all of the plywood, 2x4’s, 4x4’s, & 4x6’s were a stash I had in the barn that was leftover from other projects. Had to buy the Smart siding, 1x4 trim, and the corrugated metal. Also had a big box of galvanized framing nails leftover from our cabin build 8 years ago. Would’ve been a $2k project if it weren’t for all of that.


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Old 05-08-2021, 09:08 PM   #55
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I’ve had to work a couple of weekends and have had family obligations, but I was able to make time after work today to frame up the chicken run, aka the “hen pen”. Couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on lumber, so I bought treated 2x4’s and ripped them in half. I’ll put the hardware cloth on in the morning, then attach it to the coop. Almost there...



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Old 05-09-2021, 07:55 PM   #56
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There just aren’t enough hours in a day...



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Old 05-31-2021, 08:26 PM   #57
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Haven’t updated this thread in a while, but the girls are here and enjoying their new place. Overall, the coop & run turned out great. I’ll be tweaking a few things via trial & error, but it’s essentially complete. Also, they love ice cold sweet corn.








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Old 05-31-2021, 08:32 PM   #58
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They look very content there.
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Old 09-01-2021, 09:26 AM   #59
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Just finished mine yesterday. Still have a few items to button up on it, but now the wife can pull the trigger on getting the chickens.



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I'm about to build one like this. I only plan to have 2-3 chickens for now. Have to get started and see how long they last since every creature out here will be trying to eat them.

Do you guys lock them in the nesting area every night? That's what I figure I'll have to do.
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Old 09-01-2021, 09:44 AM   #60
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can you take a picture of the timer and tell us how you set up the automatic door? Thanks!
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Old 09-01-2021, 01:21 PM   #61
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This is the automatic door system that I used. Pretty simple to install and program.

KEBONNIXS Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener with Timer & Light Sensor, Including Aluminum Door Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RRW3MXL..._ToQfZIc6NR5Gj


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Old 09-02-2021, 03:58 AM   #62
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Old 09-02-2021, 04:01 AM   #63
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Old 09-02-2021, 04:02 AM   #64
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Old 09-02-2021, 07:30 PM   #65
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Looks great!
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Old 09-03-2021, 06:30 AM   #66
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Very Nice Work!!! Should be some happy happy Chickens.................
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Old 09-09-2021, 12:26 AM   #67
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This is the automatic door system that I used. Pretty simple to install and program.

KEBONNIXS Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener with Timer & Light Sensor, Including Aluminum Door Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RRW3MXL..._ToQfZIc6NR5Gj


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How long have you used this door? Just curious if they work flawless for a long time.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:44 AM   #68
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All y’all have totally bad azz man skills! Heart shot, keep your neighbors supplied with eggs and maybe they won’t pimp you out to the hoa nazis for having chickens. For you country folk, how often do you lose birds to predators if you let em free range?
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Old 09-09-2021, 06:24 PM   #69
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Them yardbirds look as happy as a flock of chickens.








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Old 09-09-2021, 06:42 PM   #70
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Very nice work on this project, solid and well built.
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Old 09-13-2021, 05:23 PM   #71
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All y’all have totally bad azz man skills! Heart shot, keep your neighbors supplied with eggs and maybe they won’t pimp you out to the hoa nazis for having chickens. For you country folk, how often do you lose birds to predators if you let em free range?

No HOA issues here…I can have horses, cows, pigs, whatever! If the neighbors ever pizz me off, I’ll have a hog farm!


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Old 09-13-2021, 05:24 PM   #72
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All y’all have totally bad azz man skills! Heart shot, keep your neighbors supplied with eggs and maybe they won’t pimp you out to the hoa nazis for having chickens. For you country folk, how often do you lose birds to predators if you let em free range?

Also, my birds stay out every evening from when we get home until dark. They stay out all day during the weekend, and no issues yet. Our neighbors lost all of theirs to hawks last year.


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Old 09-13-2021, 05:56 PM   #73
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That’s an e pensive problem. I believe you can have chickens in Bryan, we used to live in College Station, but no roosters. College station was a resounding no.
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Old 09-17-2021, 11:08 PM   #74
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Nice work! That looks much better than my redneck coop
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Old 09-24-2021, 11:19 AM   #75
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You could sell those a kids playhouses all day long
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Old 10-01-2021, 11:06 AM   #76
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Man, that is really nice. It almost makes me want to build one, too. I think I would have to have like 50 birds, though because I'm pretty sure the raccoons, possums, snakes, coyotes and bobcats would suddenly want to be best friends and take one or 2 home.
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Old 10-01-2021, 11:07 AM   #77
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Doe that keep the snakes out?
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Old 10-01-2021, 11:22 AM   #78
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Doe that keep the snakes out?
Snakes and predators. I have had neither get inside the coop.
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Old 10-22-2021, 10:24 PM   #79
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That dang pintrest has generated more unwanted projects for me than I can count!

I went a little overboard on our coop for the amount of chickens that we have. But if we wanted to, we could probably run about 30 chickens. LOL

Some ideas for you.....
Self watering system using a lick tub.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sun shade over the run. This actually deflect allot of rain too. I really like it.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am fixing to build a self feeder using a lick tub, and some 3" pvc 90's. The one I have now is a bad design, and makes a mess.
I like The set up. It’s open exposed more to the environment and still covered
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Old 03-05-2022, 02:02 PM   #80
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Well, we lost the family favorite hen, “Dolly” to my pointer a couple of months back, and I promised my kids we’d get a couple more he’s this spring. Went to SeaBreeze Hens this morning for “a couple” pullets, and came home with 7. Momma ain’t happy, but the kids are!








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Old 03-06-2022, 07:24 AM   #81
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Where is that place?

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Old 03-06-2022, 09:03 AM   #82
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SeaBreeze Hens is in San Leon. Very reputable operation. The original hens we have came from there about 4 years ago.


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Old 03-07-2022, 01:55 PM   #83
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SeaBreeze is right down the street from me. years we thought she was the crazy chicken lady till we go into chickens.

I have 6 serma chickens from her now and 4 large hens from her. She is awesome to deal with and has tons of cool birds
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Old 03-14-2022, 01:08 PM   #84
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My coworker just sent me pics of his coop. Yeah, I'm not going there.

He says he fills it with sawdust to make cleaning easier. A few times a year, they take it all out and hose it. The floor has a non slip epoxy resin.
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Old 03-20-2022, 12:42 AM   #85
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Looks great, going to be building one next month.
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