Originally Posted by MacLeod22
Ok, I work until it gets dark so I had to have my girlfriend take some more pictures, I don't have any measurements yet because she said there were spiders :)
Is the screen door the only clean out door (and does it open)? How easy is it to open the pop door?
These look like separate nest boxes... but I noticed there is also one below the coop and there is a partial fence between them and the coop. Maybe the were for food storage or another animal?
The hardware cloth is good. The chicken wire should be covered in welded wire- it is not predator proof. Racoons can shred it.
Looks nice! What is the roof? The coop looks like it hasn't seen any chickens for a while, so it should be safe. Give it a scrub down, some new paint (look through the oops paints at your local Home Depot). If the screen door doesn't open, or if it is the only clean out door, I suggest making some double doors on the back of the coop so you can clean it without being inside the run. Give it a four inch lip to keep in bedding if you are only opening the door for a moment, checking on your girls, looking for stray eggs. If the lip is removable, you can sweep the shavings into your bucket lickety -split. I also would add some more effective ventilation at the top of the coop, Under the roofs' peak. Warm, moist air rises and is sucked out of the coop that way. The pop door looks a little short- maybe they kept bantams? If you get standard hens, I would make it taller.
Chickens are wonderful, inquisitive pets. I live somewhere cold (Colorado) so I can't really pick out the calmer, friendlier breeds that would do well in your climate- since they would freeze here- but good hot-weather breeds are small, slim, and often have large combs and bare legs. Leghorns are great layers, do well in the heat, but are known to be flighty. Andalusian, Sumatra, Polish, Legbar, Campine, and Hamburgs all do well in the heat. Sex links, Delaware, and Naked Necks also do fine. To make caring for them easier, do not over stock your coop (4sq feet indoor space each, minimum, and 10 outside), use a waterer that keeps the water clean (like a nipple waterer), a feeder the reduces feed waste (like an Elbow or PVC feeder), and clean the coop often, about once a month.