After having my chickens for about 6 months now, I'm finally having a coop built. Since I've never seen one like the one I envision, let me describe it you and see what y'all think. I know one thing right off the bat, and that is that I'm not completely closing it in. We do not have predators here so I didn't add a front wall with door. I've left it open, basically like a fancy lean to.
The overall dimensions will be 5 1/2' tall x 5' wide x 4 1/2' deep. As I said, it's basically a lean to design, so envision that, with a solid roof that slants from 5 1/2' in the front to 5' in the back. The side walls are built as 2 1/2' solid wall and 2' of hardware cloth. All of this over a floor made of 1"x6"s. The roof and solid sides are housing roofing tin, green on the outside and white on the inside. This way, the chickens have protection from the elements and can get off the ground during rainy season. It's big enough that I can go in to collect the eggs and also clean. There will be our nesting boxes across the back wall, which is solid. Under the boxes, on either side, will be storage containers for supplies. A roosting latter for those that want to roost instead of sleeping in the nesting boxes. In addition to their hydrator outside in the chicken lot, I will put a water station inside. We've already built 4'x3" PVC pipe feeders and they are getting used to them now. I'll probably have those cut down to 3' to make it easier for me to fill with feed. My 6'3" husband forgets I'm shorter and weaker than he is. LOL
I didn't have a hardware cloth wall and door put in because I don't lock my chickens in. They go to roost at will and get up when they want to. Even with their current coop, I leave the door open. Sometimes I'm later getting up in the mornings and I couldn't stand the thought of them being contained in a 30"x71" area until I could get out there. That's like barely wide enough for 2 chickens to stand side by side. We live in NE FL, so from my understanding, they don't need an enclosed or insulated winter area. If necessary, I could put up a flannel blanket. Am I missing anything?
I will certainly post pics when it's built, but before that happens, I'm open to experienced peoples giving thoughts on the pros and cons of this concept. Please, please give your suggestions, concerns, what's right, what's wrong. I will take it all into consideration. I want this coop to last a very long time. That's why I'm shooting for quality materials and an easy maintenance, functional design that is good for me and the chickens.
Edited by luvmychis - 9/23/15 at 10:58am