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April 11, 2012


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Robert Arance, Santa Paula, CA

Well done Craig! Pretty darned good for a first attempt. Like yourself, I have been looking at various coop designs and decided I could design my own. I was looking for information on foundations and found this site. Amusing how similar our designs are!! I like the idea of using treated lumber for the foundation, but I have concerns about the chemicals from the treatment process leaching into the soil and possibly contaminating the chickens. Did you use a particular "safe" treated wood?

Robert Arance, Santa Paula, CA

I found this info on line...others may find it helpful:

CCA vs ACQ treatments.



I haven't had any real concerns about the treated lumber foundation. There is likely a little soil leeching of chemicals but it helps that we have a roof over the whole structure so the soil around the foundation is dry most of the time. I'd be more concerned about treated lumber inside the enclosed coop where the air might get contaminated. Treated lumber is more of a concern with raised bed gardens. Best of luck with your coop.

Steve Garver

What a nice coop. We've not been so quick as you as it's taken us a few years to finish the coop/chicken yard, though we have done it pretty cheap.

We started with a cast-off playhouse from a friend that was retro-fitted with nesting boxes. We then added 5' chainlink fencing that has evolved to 7' light hog wire that is better looking and more practical. The chickens flew over the 5' fence.

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