I am looking to replace my current prefab coop with one that will meet our three chickens' needs better. I browsed Craigslist today because I thought that my Dad might be open to letting me buy a gently used coop if I could find one that I like. He's not open to letting me hire the local feed store to build one for us due to cost. I think he's also confused on what I am looking for, as he has told me "Susan, they're all the same."
Well, after looking on Craigslist, I can understand why he would be confused. Most of the ones I saw seemed to be variations on prefabbed coops or have other quality issues that would make them undesirable.
My must have features are -
acceptable ventilation that will work in a rainy climate and keep our chickens healthy
wood/roofing that will stand up to rain and snow (if we get some this winter) without rotting
easy to clean (the one think I like about the one I have now is that it's easy to replace the pine shavings and the straw).
My want to have feature is -
A place to put their food and water outside that will be out of any rain.
Enough space that they could hang out during a blustry day without going stir crazy.
If we do decide to go the Craig's list route, what should I be looking for to make sure that the new one is actually an improvement?