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post #21 of 26

Roosts should be at least 12" away from wall...18" is better.

 

Something else to consider:

There's a 'stack up' aspect to coop design:

Bottom of pop door should be about 8" above floor so bedding doesn't get dragged out of coop.

Nice to have bottom of nests about 18" above bedding to allow use of that floor space under them(doesn't count if your nests are mounted on outside of coop).

Roosts should be about 12" higher than nests so birds won't roost(sleep) in nests and poop in them.

Upper venting should be as high as possible above roosts so no strong drafts hit roosts in winter...and hot/moist air and ammonia can rise and exit coop.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #22 of 26


How high is the top roost from the floor?  Hens might need some mid-level assist to get up there, or possibly a ramp.  I'm not sure, but it doesn't appear from the pics that they can jump from the lower to the upper roost.  Overall your coop is looking great - you're putting a lot of thought and planning into it!

post #23 of 26
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they can get up to the top roost from the 2ft wide shelf that they would come in from the window. At least that was my thought when thinking of how to do it. Those roosts are 12inches from the wall. The lower roost is about 16 inches higher than where the nesting boxes will be. just made the shelf idea for the roost so that I could just sweep them off while they are out in the run when cleaning.

post #24 of 26
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Should that be good?

post #25 of 26

Good photos!  Yes, they should be able to get to the top roost from that shelf area over the nest boxes.  Sometimes it's a bit of trial and error once the hens are there and you observe them for a little while.  Like an earlier post indicated, you may find that the roosts need to be moved out a bit from the wall, but the way you've built them, that shouldn't be hard to adjust, if needed.  I've made many changes (large and small) to improve the functionality of my little coop over the past year.  You've got a great start.

post #26 of 26
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Yeah It will really come down to seeing how they do in it! All I have left to do is

1)get the nest boxes set up. Still debating how i should go about doing that.

2)Take off the siding at the top for increased ventilation.

3)Put the posts for the run up and then put the fencing up.

4) buy the bedding and chickens =]

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