I would like to build a coop that would sit in-between 2 50x100 foot fenced in runs that I can alternate every year for a garden. So for example last year's run would be this year's garden and the next year switch back. We all know that chick poop is like the best fertilizer there is - why not take advantage of that in a nice orderly Organic way - makes perfect sense to me anyways.
I would also like the coop to have two doors, one that leads to each of the two gardens so I can keep the door closed while I'm growing veggies in one of the gardens. And the other door open for a chicken yard that they can poop and dig and scratch around in all the want. The following year it would be tilled in and vegetables planted in there.
I would like the coop roof to have the ability to capture natural rain water not only to water the chickens but also be able to irrigate the garden. So I'm thinking I'll need a very large water storage system - perhaps a small pond is the right solution here for water storage.
I would also like to use the deep bedding / barn lime method for the coop floor and when it comes time to change out the bedding have it be easy to place into a motorized turning drum style composter. Maybe some type of motorized conveyor or motorized rolling floor? I'm not sure of how this would work at the moment. but the idea is to get large volumes of spent bedding into a large drum as easily as possible to compost.
As far as feed I would like to design a large drop style feeder that will hold at least 500 lbs of feed.
The coop interior I would like as maintenance free as possible and egg collecting from the outside without having to go into any of the two chicken yards so no more muck boots for collecting eggs.
I would also like the ability to easily configure the inside of the coop to accommodate a brooding room when needed and keep a few different turkey and chicken breeds of various sizes separate but under the same roof.
If you have seen any plans like this or has some of the features I mentioned please chime in. Also if you have other ideas that I have not thought of please also chime in.
I'm a man of many hats so I'm pretty confident I could build whatever it is I decide upon. So don't hold back on any ideas.
I thought about a maximum of 75 birds but with chicken math I may as well build it for 300 birds.
Edited by crealbilly - 5/25/16 at 11:34pm