Hi All, I'm a newbie to the site but have been lurking for a while, trying to soak up all the good advice on here. We're in the process of building a coop for 7 chickens, all about 6 weeks old at the moment and currently living in a much smaller, store bought hutch.
Anyhow, below are some pics of where we are right now. We still have make the doors, ladders and paint the thing but I think its coming along nicely. I modified a design I found here on BYC. I thought the little hatch on the inside to get down to the run underneath was perfect for my needs. Eventually, this will be hooked up to a large (50'x50') run for them to run around in. We are planning on using a sand & sweet PDZ mix for the inside. We added some ventilation at the bottom (1st pic) and at the top (2nd pic) as well as the window, hopefully that will be enough.
We have coyotes and other critters in the area so we lined the bottom and sides with hardwire cloth and then layered on pea gravel, bricks and then sand (still need more sand). Nothing is going to get to them!!
We are going to add a couple of cut outs in the bottom because it's kinda dark down there. The coop is in a fairly shaded spot so I'm hoping they won't get too cold. We can't get water or electricity out to this spot but I'm already hauling water for the goats so that doesn't bother me.
1. Is there anything that we are missing or needs to be changed?
2. I was planning on putting a little solar light in there because I read somewhere that if they fall off their perch they can see to get back up. Will that mess them up at all?
3. The perches are going across the middle of the pen. If that inside hatch (pic 4) is left open overnight, will that create too big of a draft for them?
I have a ton of questions mostly because I want to do the best for the little ladies. I'm kind of addicted to them. :)