We’re getting Chickens!!

It’s February, and that means Spring is right around the corner!

Spring means new growth, new flowers and new babies! This year we’ve decided that we want to raise chicks and I couldn’t be more thrilled.Before we can bring the little chickies home, we need to get a few things in order. First things first, we’re going to need a coop to house them in once they’re grown.

To build our coop, we’ve decided to use repurpose materials such as pallet wood and upcycled tin siding for the roof. The tin will keep moisture out, and our pallet wood is treated to endure any type of weather. Considering we live in the North, our winters can get a little crazy, so adding insulation and a heat lamp will help keep our chickens healthy all year round.

First step is building the frame, we’ve chosen to build our coop at roughly 5′ wide x 5′ long x 6′ tall. Having a tall coop will allow us to walk inside to collect eggs and clean it out. Once our frame is in place, it’s time to add the walls and roof. Ofcouse we need to add roosts, brooding boxes, and substrate to keep the chickens happy!

Once the coop it up, you’re ready for chickens! Which has to be the most exciting part about the whole project! We’ll be bringing our little chickies home in roughly a month from now, I can’t wait to update you!

Ofcouse we havent started building yet, so there’s a possibility we change all our plans… Nonetheless, I’ve never been so excited in my life.

Thanks for checking in!

Lots of love,

Aly

4 thoughts on “We’re getting Chickens!!

  1. Uh oh, how far north do you live? I’m nearly in canada and we don’t use heat lamps and insulation here. The lamps are really dangerous – someone near us had their coop burn down – chickens inside! – because of their heat lamp. It’s better to go dryer instead of hotter.

    A quick search for “ventilation in chicken coops” on google will give you a ton of articles on why you wanna go with more gaps and less insulation and heat.

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      1. -30C? We get down to about -23C (-10F) for a bout a week of the year on a cold year. The chickens made it through my winters pretty OK. Just a TEENY bit of frostbite on the tips of the biggest combs. But your mileage may vary.

        If you have to use a heat source you might wanna invest in a sweeter heater/radiation heater. Those are much less of a fire hazard.

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