Originally Posted by kkapotsy
I recently posted about my coop design but my spouse isn't cooperating in the build so my next option is to purchase. Luckily I live near a man who makes them. He's got one for sale right now which seems about the right size for the flock size I'm looking at.
It's got four nesting boxes and a roost (I want poop boards so that will be reconfigured. And since we live in Louisiana where ventilation is a concern. I will eventually be building a screen door for the access door too which will stay open during the summer months. Will also be creating a good sized run.
This coop is $450. I think it's big enough for about eight chickens. I wish I had measured it while I was looking at it. I'll call it about 3x4 feet not including nesting boxes.
your birds will have a large run, or be free ranged?
depending on the configuration of the roost in there, you may be able to fit more birds.
also, since you are in Louisiana, your weather is similar to mine, I'd maybe consider eliminating the plywood floor altogether...maybe use hardware cloth for the floor. Many of the roost boxes I built, don't have a floor at all, but the roost is only about 24" from the ground. But My runs, have wind blocks as well, from the hard north or south winds, they also have shade, and rain protection for a large portion of them.
I'd add ventilation to the at the peak on the gable ends, and cut a hole in the door at and put hardware cloth to cover the hole. I'd also use hardware cloth for the pop door, rather than completely cover with wood.