Here is a video of my walking through the run and coop:
Sorry for the shaky video!
We bought our home this past summer and this run and coop were all here. The previous owners kept 8 hens. We just got 5 chicks (I say in the video that we are going to get two more, but we decided not to). While our chicks grow, I am going to prep the "facilities."
Some things I am planning on doing:
CLEANING THE COOP!! This thing is filthy. I read that water with vinegar works great. I will remove all chips and feathers, scrub walls, boxes, etc. Considering adding some paint to the inside walls and in the nesting areas so that its easier to keep clean (oil-based or something super durable like that).
Cleaning the yard area. The two bushes you see in the video by the front door of the coop have been completely removed. All the brush and other junk in the chicken yard are being removed as well. I think I will keep the A-board thingy, but will clean it up a bit as well (thinking of putting some slats on one side so its easy for the birds to climb and perch on top, get shade under, etc.
Considering adding a floor? Not sure it this makes sense. Seems like it would make cleaning easier?
Would really like to add a poop-catcher board under the roosts (might need to move the roosts too)
Since we have 5 chicks, I am thinking of blocking off the top three nesting boxes. Will 3 be enough? Would 6 be too many?
What am I missing?
Thanks for checking this out and any and all feedback is much appreciated!!