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    Coop De Villa!

    I swear I don't know what gets into me sometimes. So, I want to get some chickens, but need a coop, and I need a run for them.

    Well, I've scraped up a patch of desert for the run and have sunk some fence posts in there for them. And I've been working on the coop for the last couple of weekends.

    I think I'm going a little overboard on it. I've framed the walls out of 2x2's and have lined the insides with 1/2" particle board, with 1.5" polystyrene insulation.

    So far, I've got the base built, nesting box built and the walls assembled. Next up is to assemble the walls on the base and build a roof to put on it.

    Then I'll be making all the doors and windows.

    Here's what the kit for the walls look like so far.

    All I can say is it's a good thing I've got a skid steer with fork lifts to move this thing. It's going to be heavy.

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    Those chicks are going to be lucky ducks ..........
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    Nice! They're gonna need shade this summer. I hope you don't get hen pecked

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    Brent when you do the run don't forget to cover it. Some preditors fly out in the desert.
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    Yeah, I've seen the owl and the hawk munch on quail just outside my office window. No free rangers here. But they will have enough room to roam and have fun, it'll just be covered and well fenced in on all sides. More pictures to come.
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    Looking good!
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    If you are raising them for eggs, include entry to the back of the nest box from the outside so you aren't tracking their poo back to the house.
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    Snakes are a problem here. Don't know if your desert dwelling snakes like eggs, but ours sure do. Never stick your hand in a box without looking first.

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    Around here eggs are only about 10 cents each. Am I missing something?
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    charlie, home grown eggs are better than store bought for eating.. and they have color to
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