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OrchidIslander
Da Kine

USA
152 Posts

Posted - 07/26/2011 :  09:44:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Does anyone have any designs or advice for constructing a chicken coop?

I have six hens - and will probably add a couple more in the next few months.

I'm looking to construct a safe place for them to roost, partitions for egg laying and I'd like to utilize their droppings.

Just bought my first set of power tools, and am decidedly not the most handy Joe around, but am going to give this project a shot.

Any and all comments, advice and info appreciated.

pslamont
Punatic

USA
2966 Posts

Posted - 07/26/2011 :  10:27:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are welcome to come up to the Lamont Ranch and see what we have. We certainly have more chickens than you but the principles would be the same. We have a high roof so we can walk right in. There is a "ladder" for them to roost on at night and nesting boxes are shared by multiple hens... they seem to like that. We spread straw in the bottoms every few months. The chickens chew at it, scratch at it, poo on it and it degrades. The result is (especially under the ladder) a very fine, composted fertilizer product the texture of peat moss. Not smelly but wonderful for the garden. We use it regularly.

Our chickens are allowed to free range during the day and they put themselves to bed in the coop as dusk approaches.

Pam (345 8440) Glenwood

I want to be the kind of woman that, when my feet
hit the floor each morning, the devil says

"Oh Crap, She's up!"
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OrchidIslander
Da Kine

USA
152 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2011 :  22:44:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pslamont

You are welcome to come up to the Lamont Ranch and see what we have. We certainly have more chickens than you but the principles would be the same. We have a high roof so we can walk right in. There is a "ladder" for them to roost on at night and nesting boxes are shared by multiple hens... they seem to like that. We spread straw in the bottoms every few months. The chickens chew at it, scratch at it, poo on it and it degrades. The result is (especially under the ladder) a very fine, composted fertilizer product the texture of peat moss. Not smelly but wonderful for the garden. We use it regularly.

Our chickens are allowed to free range during the day and they put themselves to bed in the coop as dusk approaches.

Pam (345 8440) Glenwood

I want to be the kind of woman that, when my feet
hit the floor each morning, the devil says

"Oh Crap, She's up!"




Hello Pam!

Thank you for your kind and generous offer. I will indeed take you up on it!

I'm in the material gathering mode, however, I would really like to see your setup.

I love the idea of being able to walk into the coop area.

Much obliged!

My name is Mike and I will be in touch.

Thanks again!
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patfromlogan
Newbie

14 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2011 :  17:44:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hnfas/individualPages/duponte.html video has info about Mike Hubble, a chicken guy from Hawaiian Beaches...
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Liz
Kamaaina

549 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2011 :  17:39:56  Show Profile  Visit Liz's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the mention, patfromlogan. :-)

If anyone wants more info on the Hubbell Bubble, send me an email. Mike Hubbell is my husband, the one who designed it when I said, "Honey, I need a chicken coop." He's good about things like that!

Mike DuPonte from the Ag Department came by one day, liked what he saw, gave it a name, and is now actively promoting the Bubble throughout the islands. There are free plans at the Komohana Research Offices in Hilo. Just stop by & ask 'em.


aloha, Liz

"The best things in life aren't things."
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pslamont
Punatic

USA
2966 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2011 :  19:16:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Listen to Liz and Mike; they are top of the line in design for any farming stuff...

I want to be the kind of woman that, when my feet
hit the floor each morning, the devil says

"Oh Crap, She's up!"
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