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Buckmaster

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My Craigslist local chicken coup was $550 for a half rotted out 4x4x8. I’m looking for something around $.13 cents as my local Raptor, Coyote, Racoon, and opossum population is looking forward to my idea. What are the cheaper alternatives for shelter? I’m willing to buy an experimental dozen but I have a feeling none will make it 12 months in my woods with my critters.
 

rooster85

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I'd recommend it if they're going to winter in there. Running a heat lamp will be necessary when it gets into the low 20s and below. You can run an extension cord obviously, but having power there is nice.
I never give my birds heat and I have never lost any to the cold. I keep their coop draft free and keep their bedding dry. Egg production obviously drops but that’s the biggest issue during winter.


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triple_duece

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All you need is a wood frame and wrap in wire. Best to put a cover over the coop, tin would work fine. Build 3 nesting boxes and run a couple poles across for them to roost on. Frame out a door and some hinges. Ten chickens will do fine on there own as the cuddle when roosting. We put plastic tarps to keep cold wind off them in the winter.
 
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It tried to attack my mouser cat therefore I ran it over with my F350 and turned it into BBQ coon tacos during our current food deficiencies. I have some left overs for tomorrow if family and friends are hungry. I set up a picnic table in my driveway for family/friends to indulge. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the feast.
 
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It tried to attack my mouser cat therefore I ran it over with my F350 and turned it into BBQ coon tacos during our current food deficiencies. I have some left overs for tomorrow if family and friends are hungry. I set up a picnic table in my driveway for family/friends to indulge. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the feast.
I can see the same thing playing out at my place...
 
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All you need is a wood frame and wrap in wire. Best to put a cover over the coop, tin would work fine. Build 3 nesting boxes and run a couple poles across for them to roost on. Frame out a door and some hinges. Ten chickens will do fine on there own as the cuddle when roosting. We put plastic tarps to keep cold wind off them in the winter.
 
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