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My big DIY Chicken coop idea
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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 11:35

I'm going to buy this

& convert my one of these like this

So how wide should the perches be? And what should they be made of?

Will it hold 4 bantams? (or a Silkie & 3 Bantams)

What haven't I considered?

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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 12:57

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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 15:37

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Selenia · 07/05/2009 16:39

That should be fine just be aware it probably gets really warm in summer so the birds always need to be able to get out.

An opening with a grid for light and air would help cooling and for light.

4 bantams are fine with that run.

Are there rats/foxes where you live? That might be something to consider they can dig under the run.

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StripeyKnickersSpottySocks · 07/05/2009 16:51

I'm sure I've seen that rabbit run somewhere else online cheaper than that. Try Petplanet....

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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 17:30

At petplanet they are £68

They would have a cat door to get in & out into the run all the time & they are in the shady bit of the garden for second half the day

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StripeyKnickersSpottySocks · 07/05/2009 18:00

Here its £44.

ukpetsonline.com/detail.aspx?ID=414

Knew I'd seen it somewhere.

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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 18:08

Well £60 is better than £65

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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 18:30

If I put the box inside the enclosure I could leave the lid up to make it cooler

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JeMenFous · 07/05/2009 19:49

You need to have your coop off the ground to deter rats burrowing under it and it would also allow the chickens underneath for shelter.

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KatyMac · 07/05/2009 20:09

How much off the ground & could they get through plastic?

They currently don't have the ability to shelter under their house Oh no am I a neglectful owner

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