Located in southwest Florida
TOTALLY REVAMPING THIS POST AS THE COOP HAS GONE FROM THE PHOTO BELOW....
TO THIS MONSTER... 20'x20', 6' tall, wire across the top and two roofs.
(current photo of the coop)
The original coop (first photo) is still there, we just added more chain link panels around it. So that inside the 20'x20' coop is a separate 10'x10' area with a gate. Inside the separate area I have 12 eight week old chicks. This way the chicks are in the coop but the adults can't touch them...they can see them and they have plenty of time to get used to them but they can't get to them until I feel they are big enough to be mixed in with the adults. Once that happens all I have to do is open the gate and all of the chickens will have free range of the whole coop.
All across the whole top is wire so nothing can climb in and all around the outside is an anti-digging wire skirt so nothing can tunnel in.
It's not completely finished. We are coming up on the rainy season here in south Florida so I'll be adding a few tarps to the some of the sides to keep any sideways rain from coming in.
I also need to work on getting my 5 gallon buckets into a wooden frame with ramp for my adult hens so they're not sitting on the ground.
Also I want to plant some stuff in front of it (where you can see some of the cement garden edging laying).
Babies in the nursery area..
Here's the rest of the coop area for the adults...
Some logs and branches we cut up for them to hang out on...
And using the log jungle gym
Here's a view from inside the nursery area for the chicks.... you can see in the photo on the left one of my hens checking out the babies and the photo on the right you can just see my rooster's tail. Everyone is separate yet together and the adults can't harm the chicks....
My Sulmtaler roo and hen enjoying some frozen melon. You can see one roost behind them but they also have another identical one as well. Also, I have my feeder and waterer set up on logs we cut so that it helps keep the dirt out.
Hope this helps someone deciding to build a coop. As I mentioned we are in south Florida so this coop would not really be ideal for a place that gets snow. It's very open air.
We priced out doing the whole thing in wood and wire as opposed to doing the panels but the cost was NEARLY the same as just buying the extra chainlink panels. Also, attaching already build chain link panels together instead of doing all wood frame and wire was a walk in the park