"Wow. So much to know, and here it all is, in one place! I cannot help thinking, if I never do build a coop, at least all this info will be here for the next person to come stumbling along with an innocent inquiry!
Thank you, everyone! Still lots of…"
"RE staples-I read about raccoons being able to pull out staples so I screwed another trim strip of wood on top of the edges of the mesh-sandwiching it between the posts and my trim strips. Raccoons do not have Robertson screw drivers.
There is a lot of great info on the internet-BYC etc. Also super important to check your city's bylaws. Vancouver has rules about how close to lot lines and houses you can put your coop. Some very important points that I felt were not…"
Good luck! I'm sure Duncan covers everything but in my experiences it is always good to give them lots of space. The City says they only need so much but if you can give them more do so, they will be happier!! Also make your coop like a…"
"Hi Lini,I have made a packet on getting started with chickens that has some advice on coop building (materials to use, features to include, etc.).
My PDF: Vancouver Chicken Keeping PDF
My Webpage: Dailyeggs
(City Site): Vancouver…"
"Hello Chickeneers, We are beginning our coop efforts, and I wonder if any of you have advice or spare materials you would be willing to pass on. I am happy to pay a suitable fee for any materials which are cluttering up your shed. :-)
"Anyone find the beaters I used to whip cream? Ross, have they taken up residence somewhere in your kitchen? Great to come, munch together, and meet you all. Another time I'll manage to come sans kids and pay more attention!"
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