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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will make a lightweight paddock shift chicken coop. This will  make paddock shifting your chickens easier. You are doing paddock shift right?


Here are some articles on chickens and chicken coops:
https://permies.com/t/1958/chicken-coops-runs-tractors-paddocks
https://richsoil.com/raising-chickens.jsp
https://permies.com/t/146757/Pasture-chicken-coop
https://permies.com/t/143735/longer-chicken-wire-Raccoon


Here are some nice videos on making chicken coops.




To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:

- coop must provide enough space for your intended number of chickens
- include appropriate number of nesting boxes
- be moveable by one person, without machines
- protect chickens from predators
- no plywood, osb, man-made sheet goods, chemically treated wood or commercial paint (unless it is exceedingly natural/non-toxic)

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
- description of the coop you intend to build
- starting materials
- partway through the build
- the final build
- demonstrating that it can be moved by one person
- describe how it provides enough space for your chickens.
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I built a 4'x 4' x 2'H coop from Cedar 2x4s, galvanized steel roofing panels & wire mesh. In theory this is large enough for 16 birds with 1 sqft each. I have 4 so it's plenty for me.
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I certify this BB complete along with your next air badge in Animal Care

 
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If you have weasels in your area, they could get in though those gaps in the next boxes.  Does the roof latch down?  Raccoons might want to lift that up but I might be making that one up..?  Loved the polka music!
 
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Thanks! The roof does latch. I don't know if I have weasels but I've been thinking about trying to add a flap that can also latch for over the nest box.
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