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best place for perches in a hen house and other questions
Mon 8-Mar-10
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helena

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Hi

I'm completely new to poultry keeping (in fact not got any yet!) and need some general info on the layout of the chicken coop. I've been fortunate enough to get hold of a piece of farmland close to my house containing two block buildings. I intend to use one as a general feed store etc and the other to keep approximately 8 hens. The building that I intend to convert to the chicken coop once housed a bird of prey (about 10 years ago) and I intend to fully disinfect the building with Poultry Shield prior to moving the birds in. Is there anything else that I need to consider hygeine wise? The building has a concrete floor so there is nothing that would have "sunk in" from the bird of prey, and I have removed all perches, feeding/drinking equipment etc; and don't intend to re-use them.

The building measures approximately 11'x6' and I have a doorway at the far right of the building on the "South" wall and the coop entrance is in the top corner of the western wall. At the juncture of the North and Eastern wall is a raised oval plinth where I have placed the feeder etc. I intend to place the nest boxes on what would be the north wall. My next question is - where would be the best area to place the perches? Should they go into the corner below the coop entrance (i.e. the corner of the West/South walls) - or is this too close to the entrance and likely to be draughty?

Hope this hasn't confused you too much, but any info however small, is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Mon 8-Mar-10
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Welcome Helena - I don't have chickens atm, but there are plenty on this forum who do. Ok 

I know you will get plenty of answers!

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Mon 8-Mar-10
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Hello Helena!  I've no answers I just wanted to welcome you to the forum.  Someone will be able to help you, have no fear.

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Mar-10
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Hello Helena, I'm no expert at keeping chickens, but have had some for 6 years, but over time I now only have the one.

I built my own hen house 5ft x 4 ft to hold 10 chickens, placed the perch 20 inches above the floor with a board 2" below to catch the droppings making it easy to clean and stopped draft from below for the birds.

The nest box was on the outside with a hole cut through to the house, making it very dark inside the nest boxes which the chickens liked.

Other than cleaning regularly we dust the house each time for red spider mite and cover the floor with sawdust and the nest box with straw.

Hope that helps in a small way.

Just remember a happy chuck is a laying chuck, so always make some kind of a noise when you are around them so they don't get a shock when you open the run door or the main door, always talk to them and they will become your best mates.

Sat 13-Mar-10
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the good advice. We're just finishing the fencing on the run and I should be ready for my girls next week - can't wait!

Thanks again everyone

Helena

Sat 13-Mar-10
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I can feel your excitement from here!  You will let us see them won't you?

I'll try that again!

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