Where to put the chickens...

Discussion in 'Coops, Runs and Housing' started by Energyvet, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    So I have a pretty big yard, but behind the big fence is Dagoba. I don't think there are a lot of predators. I've seen a bunny and a garden snake. Oh and the cat who lives next door. But not a lot of wild - although I have smelled the occasional skunk. So, I would like the opinions of the members as to where is the best location to set up the coop.

    I'll post a photo of my yard and maybe make a layout so you can voice your opinions.

    And thanks in advance for all your valuable help.
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Here are s few photos of the space:
     

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  3. cindy

    cindy New Member

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    I would probably put it on the back of the lot where the tree line is, my location is similar I put it
    against our back fence near the tree line it helps in the winter with wind break and also its positioned
    so they get the warm evening sun in the winter but its shaded in the summer
     
  4. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    Nice yard... I would go for the back corner, looks like a nice tall fence back there. Maybe it would help keep them in.
     
  5. TinyHouse

    TinyHouse New Member

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    Downwind of the house.....

    'jes sayin

    ;)
     
  6. rob

    rob New Member

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    i would opt for the back corner. out of draft and protected on both sides. :)
     
  7. hollyosborn

    hollyosborn HollyOsborn

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    totally that back corner!!! Beautiful yard by the way!!!
     
  8. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Okay. Now I'm standing with my back to the street and here is the panorama from left to right:
     

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  9. TinyHouse

    TinyHouse New Member

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    In that corner on #2 and #3.
     
  10. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    That's what I was thinking Tiny. But that's the corner where the predators would be coming in. There's a little door back there to a stream, compost and very wild brush. But that feels like the best place. Not a lot of sun though.
     
  11. BootedBantam

    BootedBantam New Chicken Mom

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    Very nice. When will he be home from college to help you build the coop? How many chickens you thinking?
     
  12. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Maybe before Thanksgiving. If not, then Thanksgiving. The coop will only hold 4 so I think that's my limit.
     
  13. twentynine

    twentynine New Member

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    I like the back corner idea.

    You said that you had a small gate in the fence leading back to a small stream, so I assume it is some long distance to your nieghbor to the back. Proximity to the nieghbor in the back is the only consideration.

    Looks good. I have to much sun not enough shade.