So, about two weeks ago when I stopped at my local feed store I was invited to build a coop and the feed store manager felt certain that we could sell them. Just this morning I will be adding the finishing touches ... I believe this one is my best to date. After building two coops I've decided that an 8x8 coop is about right. The coop is 8' in the back and slopes to 7'6" in the front so plenty of height to enter. My nesting boxes and roost are inside ... the roost is 7' tall and the nesting boxes are about 4' tall making gathering eggs at a comfortable height. I put the nesting boxes in the right hand rear of the coop and have a ladder that reaches the nesting boxes then another ladder from the nesting boxes to the roost. This keeps the entire floor of the coop open giving the flock more room and making cleaning easy. In the left hand rear of the coop I've added a door to the run. The run is 4x4x16 ... this is framed out with 2x4's and braced with 2x6's .... this accommodates 4' chicken wire and allows me to run about a 1' edge of buried chicken wire for predator protection.
I've got a sign over the door 'Happy Hens' ... and I've moved 6 hens into the coop.
So, this is a full blown sample complete with chickens. Now I'll see if it will sell! I've got $350 invested in material alone ... I'm asking $600 for the whole deal and the customer can either take this coop or I'll build one on their property.
I'm doing this as I'm retired and I've learned that I really enjoy building coops. I don't intend to make much money but I'd like to cover my expenses and pay myself a small amount.
Now I'll see if the coop will sell!
I'd love to add pictures just don't have a camera ... but I have a friend who will take some photos ... I'll post them when they are available.