We have a small flock of laying hens who have the blues because they spend their nights and rainy days in a 4x6 tin shed that has a dirt floor that is often muddy. We want to provide a dry, safe coop that will hold at least 40 hens, have external access to the eggs they lay, and have room for a brooder and feed storage.
Why we need a new coop:
First, we want our hens to be safe, happy and healthy. Happy, healthy hens lay more eggs. Our current coop has a dirt floor, so when it rains it gets wet and mucky. We use leaves and mulch to combat the mud but it is a losing battle. Our new coop will have a solid floor that will stay dry and can be cleaned easily. It will also keep our hens safe from predators.Our old tin coop has been infiltrated by predators on several occasions. We’ve lost several of our favorite girls to foxes, weasels and raccoons.
Second, in order to provide eggs to our community, we need more hens and therefore a bigger coop. Our hens lay enough now to provide for our families and a small group of locavores. Interest has grown so we need to double our flock to meet the demand and hopefully start breaking even! The coop we have is already cramped. We need a bigger one so that all our hens will fit comfortably.
Third, we need to gather our eggs without going inside the coop. Gathering eggs in our coop now is a real pain in the neck … literally. We have to crouch into the cramped space, which disturbs the hens.Our new coop will grant access to the eggs from the outside, eliminating the need to go inside everyday.
Finally, one way we save money and increase our flock is by hatching our own eggs. We introduce our roosters once a year for mating season. Each spring, we hatch about 30 baby chicks but we’ve struggled with providing a good brooder for the little ones. A brooder is a small, secure, heated space that chicks need to survive. Our new coop will have space for a brooder as well as feed storage.
What your contributions will be used for:
Chix in the Stix will use the funds raised to purchase lumber and building supplies needed to construct a 10x12 chicken coop (or larger) with the following:
- plenty of roosting space
- 10 laying boxes
- windows for cross ventilation
- a separate area for the brooder and feed storage
Any surplus funds will be used to buy materials to either build a covered yard for rainy day outdoor access or purchase electric poultry netting so our hens will be protected while foraging.
- (30 days)