Still needs the hardwire mesh at bottom. Figured 6-8 inches below ground.
Still needs chicken wire around bottom of coop and on sides of run
Could I put a pergola type top for the shade and be ok for the vultures here in central Florida? Would be 5-6 inches apart and I am using 5.5 inch wide fence siding.
What about the large opening for the coop during the short winters here? Gets to 30 at night but up to 45 during the day for only a month or so but will be windy for sure. Don't want the little fellas getting too cold. Thought about a hinged door but do not want to go overboard if not needed. Also with the door in the middle of the run, it allows for easy access for the eggs and to clean things out on a regular basis.
The pirtch (or two) will be on the back wall and to the left of the opening and will be higher than the nesting boxes. How tall? How do the get up there? Do I need to build a latter to them? We will have a 5.5 inch ledge in front of the nesting boxes to walk around but in my mind I think I should have several ladders to access all pirtches and nesting boxes easily. Yes or no?
The top of the coop is going to have some sort of slanted roof for the rain water to run off of and will be pretty much enclosed.
As for the winter months, what about a heat lamp under the pirtches with some wire over it so that they can't burn themselves? The wire would get hot though, right?
Any and ALL feedback is appreciated. Here are the pics
Coop is 7ft tall, 6ft wide and 4ft deep
Run is 16ft long by 6ft wide and 5.5ft tall (wanted to keep the run lower than the fence)