Checking out some mates chicken coop set ups

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Over the last week i have decided to looka t a few mates who have chciken coops set up so see how they house their chickens.
First stop was a few days ago i went to see a friend who lives on 5 acres, driving int he drive way there was chickens walking everywhere, for theirs they have built a lean to ont he side of their shed it is huge, actually huge is an understatement, it houses 20+ isa browns and a few bantams but it is a bit big for my liking, a great setup but just that bit to big. it was a basic set up colour bond roof with a few nesting boxes bolted on the back of it.
Yesterday i went to a mates house to see his his chook house set up, the kids were running around not realising the had chickens until one jumped down off the picket fence and scarred the kids. they are now back on the we want chicken campaign so i really have to get my act into gear now
They have a metal shed type at oen end of the yard but they also had one of the new ebay ones at the other end, it was their newest editon to the back yard. I looked it over to see how the ebay one stands up, it was ok but the biggest issue was the size it was pretty small and thats what the ebay sellers recommend for 4 chooks, i would have only put 1 chicken in there or maybe 2 bantams it was pretty small.

So now that i have worked out the ebay ones arent going to suit its back to researching the best way to house the chickens so i can build a chicken coop

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Kids have gone chicken Crazy

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Wow i thought they woudl have relaxed by now but no !!

After lots of bidding and missing on ebay i came to the concludion just buy one !!!

I got the spray can out and marked out the possition down the side of the house, asked the wife to come out and have a look and she says yet thats fine, but then we asked the question is it big enough, do we want these chooks to be cramped, do we want unhappy chickens and the answer was no! so i scrubbed out the painted lines and went back to the drawing board, or back to ebay there was some cool looking ones but non that fited into the area we had that would allow us to walk past, this was an issue.  I had kids that wanted chickens, i had a space to put them but no idea how i was goign to house them!

I ran into a friend a tthe nursery who made another point, i made sure the kids werent around before i let him talk about them. He mentioned he had some chickens and he had brought a coop off ebay and that it was Ok but it had a few issues like not being able to get in a clean it and if it was a bit bigger it would be better.

So what do i do ? do i just buy one or do i think about building it and if i do where do i get chicken coop plans or ideas from ? what do i do ?

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Almost got one on ebay

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I thought i had one, i rang my mate and told him he was making a trip to pick it up, ebay had come through !!

1 second to go i got outbid by a dollar !!  aarrghgghhh dam you ebay

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Does chicken coop size matter ?

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It has been a few weeks and I had the location down the side of the house and i had my measurements from ebay and all was looking great.

It was just down to which ebay seller to get it off and how much the postage was going to be.

I had it down to two different sellers one was cheaper with higher postage and the other was dearer with free pickup !! and i have a mate who works about 10 minutes from where it could be picked up from so it was all falling into place.

I made a few bids on a few trying to get  a steal but it didnt work out for me someone was outbbidding me every time.

Then i was having a drink with a mate and he asked another question infront of the kids so “how many chooks are you going to get ? ” I hadnt given it much thought but couldnt imagine more than 2, but all of a sudden the kids answered before i got a chance, HEAPS came out to my serprise and the the amusment of everyone else. So i asked how many is heaps and the 4 year old said one for mum, one for dad, one for me and one for my brother Oh and one for the dog. Thats 5 chickens.

So my idea of 2 chooks was now out the window but there was some method in here thinking, 1 chook means hopefully 1 egg per day, that means i can have an omlet every day woohhoooo this idea is sounding better every day, now i just have to find some recepies the use eggs.

Now we were looking at 4-5 chooks i had to really think about how big it needed to be.

So back to ebay to look at how many chickens these coops hold

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Straight to ebay to search “chicken coop”

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Well with all things now aday i needed ot buy something for the chickens to live in so i got 5 minutes and went straight onto ebay and searched for chicken coops, How easy is this hundreds of results, so i tried a few other words like chicken house and chook house, there was heaps there was chicken coops everywhere all i had to decide was what shape !!

I printed a few of the page off and sowed them to the other half to see which one she liked the look of. While I was waiting on the design approval fromt he wife i started to do some mor investigation on ebay. I started to look at the different coop models and noticed although they all looked similar there was differences in each some with trays some with pershces some that open some that had windows. I spend a fair bit of time lookigna the variuos models workingout which one we coudl afford and which one looked the best. The chicken coops supervisor came back to me the next day and said, i dont car which one its going down the side of the hosues we cant see it anyway.

So the plan was in full swing i now had a location…..

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The chicken idea takes flight, do they fly ?

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The fun begins, the children have decided that we need chickens !!! How the kids decided they need chickes is sort of my fault but thats covered in the why am I building a chicken coop page.

My wife has now also admitted defeat and we are now looking at how we are going find chickens where we are going to house these chickens and what is really involved in looking after chickens, people have been doing it for thousands of years it cant be that hard can it ?

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Plans to build a chicken coop