Hi, all! We are new to chickens and have been working hard to convert an old bathroom (that was then converted to a dog kennel by the previous owners...hence the already installed doggie door- convenient!) in our garage into a coop. There's a door that leads to a run we are also building. We're probably half way done, and I'd love any feedback, especially on these questions:
1. Recommendations for materials for the wall (covering insulation.) Plywood?
2. Recommendations for ventilation: we're thinking of adding a couple large vents at the peak (picture #5). There is also a vent on the opposite wall that is an interior wall- so it will vent into the large garage. We could add another on this wall as well, but I'm not sure how stinky that would make our garage? We also have, as pictured, 2 windows, one of which has an outside pane that lifts out to decrease drafts but still allow ventilation. The door to the run can also be open during the day. I'm nervous as I've heard that ventilation will probably be our #1 problem.
3. Roofing for the run. Wire? Some kind of actual roof? Netting?
4. Anything else! We are so new to this, so I'm sure we've made some mistakes here and there, but we've also been reading a lot so hopefully we haven't done anything glaringly (dumb?) ineffective. ;)
Dimensions of coop: 9 x 5 1/2 feet
Dimensions of run: 15 x 7
We are hoping to have 6 chickens. We live in Wisconsin (cold winters, hot/humid summers!)
Thanks in advance!