Basically I have a bunch of chickens and no coop. With Winter coming, I would like to build a coop. Right now, they have shelter from rain, but not so much drafts or cold. They have nest boxes and perches, but I really should build a coop.
Things to know:
I have a fair amount of chickens and birds that will need this coop. Not including the ducks and geese, the adult/bigger birds that are out fending for themselves number around 40.
I have a 2 acre yard and several acres of woods around for them to forage. Mostly a Zosia grass lawn and pine forests with lots of debris.
I do NOT want a "run" for the pen since I hate caging them up and they have such a large yard anyway.
I have large dogs that patrol and guard the yard often. Predators are not so much a concern, but a little protection couldn't hurt.
I need enough room to store 4 buckets (200 lbs of food minimum) , have enough nest boxes, perches, feeders and waterers, the ability to let light in or stop it for the most part, possibly add an electrical hookup and water hookup, have a few boxes near the ground for the silkies, have a door large enough for people to walk in and a high ceiling (I do not like bonking my head on things, forgetting I can't stand up completely)
The hens number around high 30s, but right now hog the same boxes, spot in the barn, under the grill, etc.
I would like to access the boxes from the outside as well as inside.
The ceiling should be able to support hanging feeders and waterers.
Do any premade plans, coops, etc stand out? What do you recommend?
I don't have a coop at all.
It can be a rectangle shape, nothing real fancy, I can pretty it up later.
I think a dirt floor with straw would do best and then I can compost it and put it in the garden.
Anyway, what do you think?