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I created free plans to a similar, smaller coop and a detailed video of how to create it. \r
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The video: \r
In this video I will take you on a tour of my easy maintenance chicken coop. Please give it a thumbs up if it was helpful! I will try to answer any questions if you have them. Thanks!\r
1) How much did this cost to build?\r
*****Total, i would say we put close to 1000 into the coop, but that includes things like the watering buckets, PVC pipe, and the feed dispenser. Construction stuff has gotten so stinkin expensive! Part of the issue was the size i chose for the coop (5 X 6) which meant a significant amount of waste (plywood sheets are 4X8. If you would do a 4X4 coop, you could probably cut that number in half. Get your hinges at harbor freight and see if you can find a cheap window at a shed supply place. Also, the black wire i used for the run was quite a bit more than economy stuff but i liked it more.\r
2) Would I change anything about the way this was built?\r
***** In hindsight, yes, I would. a) After I created this video I had to relocate the water bucket because the chickens got too tall to use it. If the coop had been 2 or 3 inches higher off the ground it woulda worked out okay. b) Also, I am 65 tall, and I wish the run were at least that tall. It makes for some back breaking work to walk around in there as it is now. c) I know many people say ya dont need to heat a coop, but this one is very big for the number of birds that I have so their body heat alone is not able to keep it humanely warm on these cold nights. (Id add more chickens but the run is the right size for this number of birds). All that to say, I wish I had done one of two things.insulated the coop with some foam or designed it so that I could put a temporary winter wall in the inside (reducing the size of their sleeping area and making it easier for them to keep it warmer with their body heat alone). Did that make any sense??\r
3) Why the sand?\r
*****I realize sand isnt as nice for the chickens as grass, but the grass was gone about two days after putting the chickens in the run.and then I had mud (which, in this part of Pennsylvania is slow draining). I felt like like sand would at least cut down on the mud and help keep their feet a little dryer. The sand is probably 2 or 3 inches deep, and they seem to churn it up enough that smell hasnt been a real issue. I did dig out and replace all the sand once in the last 8 months. \r
4) Do I have blueprints of what I did here?\r
*****No, I kinda had a vague idea of what I wanted to do and made it up as I went. But enough people have asked me for them that I am trying to get those together for you all by spring. Subscribe and stay tuned and you will be the first to see them when they are done!\r
5) How many eggs do you get? \r
*****These are golden comet chickens, and I am BLOWN AWAY by the number of eggs they have been producing. I have 7 chickens and I VERY rarely have a day when we dont get 7 eggs. I expect that they have got to slow down for the winter (I live in Pennsylvania), but Ive been saying that for a number of weeks now!? Its now January 7th. \r
6) How easy is it to care for chickens?\r
***In the spring, summer, and fall caring for the chickens was a lot easier than I expected it would be. In the winter there is an added challenge if you live somewhere its cold, because you gotta make sure the water doesnt freeze. I have my hose put away for the winter so i gotta walk the water out there. I now have bins under the roosts where I collect their droppings and that cuts down on how often I need to clean out all the bedding. Youll probably want to empty those bins once a week and clean out the whole coop once a month or so. Other than that, collect the eggs, give them food and fresh water. With this setup, and an additional water bucket I can go away for 5 days at a time without worrying too much about them. I just arrange for neighbors to pick up the eggs (which they dont seem to mind if it means free eggs) \r
If you start trying to pack too many birds into a small coop/ run, thats where you might run into more problems with the birds not getting along well. This could mean isolating birds and treating sores; I avoided all that by giving them plenty of space. \r
Thanks for the thumbs up everyone! If this was helpful and you havent given it a thumbs up yet I would appreciate it.

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How to produce amazing compost right inside your chicken house while letting the chickens do all the work. This chicken house design offers real-time composting, which also eliminates bad odours and cleaning chores. Learn how to keep happy healthy hens and chickens in your backyard. This video presents, in full detail, how to build and maintain deep bedding under chickens. The hens turn the compost and produce amazing fertility and even better eggs. We have been using this system at Atitlan Organics for many years and always have happy healthy hens and ridiculously amazing huevos!\r
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Greetings. Im Shad and Im coming at you from Atitlan Organics here in Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.\r
Today were going to be talking about alternative ways to keep happy healthy chickens no matter where you live in the world. \r
Before we get into that I want to start by looking at ecosystems.\r
Im gonna paint you a picture. Imagine theres a raccoon walking along in a forest and all of a sudden, BOOM, it drops over and dies.\r
What happens?\r
Within a matter of minutes, things start to come and use the resources that are from that raccoon body. \r
So maybe some birds come and get some of the fur. Some scavengers eat some of meat and within a couple of days all of the raccoon body has been worked back into the forest.\r
This is an example of a healthy ecosystem and of an Active Decay Cycle!\r
But lets look at an alternative. What happens if that same raccoon is walking in a walmart parking lot and falls over and dies? Then what happens?\r
The next day maybe some flies come and lay some eggs. Maybe a couple of seagulls or pigeons or some weird birds come. \r
It starts to smell really bad. It could potentially get people sick. Eventually someone has to come and expend human enegy and effort to clean it up because that resource has become a waste.\r
And thats the big difference. An Active Decay Cycles has no waste. All potential waste gets worked back into the system.\r
But what does this have to do with chickens? \r
Well lets consider out typical backyard chicken setup.\r
Everyone recommends that first you build a chicken coup and then you give them a range, maybe sectioned off by fence. Or maybe they dont have any fence and theyre just allowed to go wherever they want. \r
But what happens over time? \r
On the first day the chickens go out and they eat all their favourite plants and all of their favourite bugs. They go back in. The next day they go and eat their next favourite plants and bugs. \r
As soon as their favourite plants start to grow again the chickens immediately come and eat them back down. \r
And over time the chickens change the composition of plant species that are growing on their range. Now the range is no longer providing the nutritional benefits for the chickens.\r
Furthermore, their manure and constant scratching \r
burns the organic matter and creates bare patches and hard ground in the range. It starts to look less like a forest and more like a walmart parking lot. \r
Which leads to unhealthy or sick land, which eventually leads to sick chickens. \r
So if free range is not an acceptable solution, then what are our alternatives?\r
As long as you have enough space to build a small chicken coup, you can keep happy healthy hens.\r
How do we do this?\r
We will build the ive decay cycle directly underneath the chickens.\r
So lets go check this system out!\r
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