So I jumped into the chicken owning world and bought 3 chicks from a feed store. ( Which is another worry. Theybare supposed to be Americauna girls. After reading here I'm guessing they are Easter Eggers since they were only a few bucks each and it seems like purebred Americaunas are rare and not cheap. Which isn't really a worry , mutt chickens are fine with me as they are pets but it worries me if the breed was wrong that maybe they won't be girls as promised. I avoided the feed store with straight runs and bought from this place as they were sexed) They are doing great and are currently living in a huge dog crate as their brooder. They are 2 weeks old so I have awhile before they'll go outside. We adore the little peepers.
However, I figured I'd buy a premade coop at a feed store or TSC but after doing some reading it seems like these are not ideal. Here's my dilemma...1. I'm not handy. 2. I totally live in the burbs so I need an attractive and yet kind of discrete coop. 3. I have a pool so whole backyard is concrete. No free ranging really due to backing up to a golf course loaded with hawks, owls, foxes, Bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, etc. so the coop needs a BIG run 4. I'm totally new to chickens and overwhelmed at all the options.
So hubby said I could hire our handyman to build the coop of dreams for our three chickies. What are the must haves that you would do if starting with a blank slate? I'm thinking covered run for sure for dryness and because I live in Southern California and it's hot so they'll need ample shade. I like the idea of sand over shavings for cleanliness. Chicken math aside three is all I can have legally so keep in mind my little flock is tiny but I want them to be happy. They will be on concrete if that makes any difference , I'll provide dust and dirt bathing stations. I like the no mess home made feeders to discourage rodents. I want something I can really clean well and easily. I've been looking online and it's overwhelming the sheer number of coop designs.
So chicken gurus, if you could build the perfect coop for three spoiled pet chickens what are your do's and dont's? Must haves, would like to haves, need to haves? My contractors are pretty skilled and are not concerned with actual building plans if you don't have those but good pics Of the insides and outsides would be a tremendous help!
This is Possum. She is 4/5 days old here.
And one more taken today at 2 weeks ( again guessing they were born May 4th as that was circled by pen but who knows, maybe that was delivery date to store)
i know too young to guess sex but please cross your fingers they are pullets as I can't have a rooster.