One of my dogs is not safe with the chickens and I have kids who want to visit, feed, check for eggs, etc.. I rotate the yard with chickens and dogs, and that is pretty failsafe but there is always a chance someone could let the dog out at the exact moment I’ve opened the coop door and the chickens squeeze out when they were not meant to have their turn. I also plan to have my dog sitter collect eggs/check on things twice a day while she’s here, and have neighborhood boys who will do the chicken grunt work and exercise the dogs. It would be ideal if they could all do both things at once. We were going to add electric poultry netting but that seems like overkill for what I need.
Here is the mostly finished coop (right) and covered run under my kids’ playhouse. There is a full sized door on the long side of the coop and a smaller door on the back of the run. Those will be the only places the chickens come out unless we decide to add a pop door somewhere.
The “buffer” doesn’t have to be predator proof but I would like it to briefly hold off a large dog and high enough the chickens don’t pop right over. Basically, an area that anyone should be able to herd them back in one of the doors. It also needs to either be attractive or nearly invisible. My husband would prefer that it was cheap and easy to put up because he is over building more things for the chickens. LOL
This is a rough draft of my thought and where I might end up putting the nest boxes for outside collection.