We started our first flock in a DIY dog house turned coop and a small pen area. After learning a ton from our first chickens, we are ready to expand our flock and bought some new babies this weekend!
We have a general idea of what the coop will look like, but would love some suggestions from other chicken parents out there.
To give you a general idea, we had planned to build a 10'x6' raised henhouse with a pen under and in front of it. We also plan to have a run attached to it that will extend the perimeter of our entire garden (30'x45') as well as a separate pen area behind the coop. The idea is to make the coop big enough for 18-20 chickens (even though we don't have near that many now). Planning for 6 nesting boxes.
Thoughts? How do you clean out your coop? What feeding system did you use? How big of a coop would you suggest? What is, in your experience, the best method for maintaining cleanliness in the coop? I thought about adding a swing- any other ideas for entertainment?
Any suggestions welcomed!