Chicken Coop Renovation
Raising poultry your backyard is becoming a more common urban practice. It can provide your household with eggs and meat, fertilizer for your garden, and a more natural life for feathered friends. This space-efficient demonstration has become an iconic image of life at the UM FLAT.
The focus of this project will be to renovate the existing coop and chicken run. The idea is to make the structure and run more accessible to us, both for caretaking and educational purposes. The extended run will be designed to meet the needs of our enlarged (6 chicken) flock. This structure can serve as a lasting element of UM FLAT and will continue to support chickens for years to come.
Below is a not-to-scale, preliminary blueprint that was shown to FLAT residents on 2/4/2014 for comment or further suggestion. The materials will be collected and, if need be, purchased for actual renovation taking place during our workday in March next month.
September 5th, 2012
Moving on Up to the Eastside (of the yard)
The chickens latest home courtesy of Dave Wise (who has become an expert at chicken coops since living at the FLAT) is a stationary coop set up in the corner of the yard next to the garden. We had built a temporary home for them for the summer, a small coop built up on wheels to move around the yard. The mobile coop gave the chickens an opportunity to peck through a different patch of grass every day or two. However, our summer watering standards here at the FLAT didn’t really live up to our non-native Kentucky Bluegrass standards and before long the chickens had pecked the yard bare. Therefore, we decided to build a much larger stationary coop that now sits on the edge of the garden. We have fenced off a large area of the yard for the chickens to roam around and enjoy the room to spread their wings. The new “Big Red Barn” is equipped with a removable floor for easy cleaning access, and has plenty of roosting space inside. Check it out!
We have six chickens at the FLAT which provide us with eggs and entertainment.
In the warmer months, they live in a mobile chicken coup, and in the winter, we dig out the compost from our hotbed and put them in there where it’s warmer.
We get our grain in bulk from Montana Grain Supply (406) 622-5436 which comes out to about .39 cents per pound instead of the store bought .51 cents per pound. We recently purchased 1000 lbs and split the cost with a local farmer.