What a wonderful site!
We have 5 two wk old Chicks: 1 Barred Rock, 1 BK Australorp, 1 Red Sex Link, 1 Americana, 1 Buff Orphington
I'm amazed at how fast they are growing. Thus, begins the coop build. Keeping in mind we are in interior Alaska....
For 5 chickens...
How does a 2.5' raised 4x6 coop sound?
Raised roof, insulated ceiling and floor (do all walls need it too? And if so...vapor barrier necessary for this size/population?), Heat lamp or plate (on eco plug/extention cord) pointed at water, 4x12 attached run. vented windows with close option for winter. Double 4 ft roosts over a poop tray. Hardware cloth surrounding run and windows/vents. 2 exterior laying boxes with opening door(probably insulated as well?) I don't want them to feel cramped and get too pecky this winter, but don't want to heat more space than needed either.
We are very excited and hoping to do this right the first round!
A picture would be more helpful, but they're still being tossed around in my head. Any advice, red flags or lessons learned that you'd care to share would be much appreciated. I'm learning so much from all of you wonderful chicken experts! Thank you!