Originally Posted by Gimpy Quail
Apologies for not knowing proper terminology. I was looking at the following coop/run? to house a few hens. It comes with nest boxes and roosting bars. I live in the Sonoran Desert in the SW and was wondering if I still should have an additional enclosed (as in boxed in) area within this structure for nighttime roosting.
I am (clearly) still in the planning stages. The linked design is divided in two. I intended to use one half for a few hens and the other half for doves, button quail (changing wire to hardware cloth).
Here is the link to the coop/run:
I live in Maricopa County just north of Phoenix off the I-17 and just south of Anthem so we're in the same type of environment. I'm no expert but I take security extremely serious due to the standard issue predators around here. I looked long and hard at the same website before deciding to design and build my own. There's nothing at all wrong with their coops and runs, in fact I think they make the best around if you're going to have someone build it. Their prices are very good too for what you're getting. I just figured I was going to spend a lot for the secure setup I wanted, and while I don't have a lot of free time, I have more time than money, so I figured I could build what I needed for a little less than the added labor cost of having someone else do it for me. So that's what I did and I'm very happy with my decision.
The particular coop you're looking at would work fine I'd think. The only thing I'd have them do different is use 1/2" hardware cloth instead of chicken wire, and either add a 1/2" hardware cloth skirt at least 2' wide around the bottom or dig down at least 1' and attach the hardware cloth bottom that way. Definitely don't overlook the hardware cloth barriers though. I've only had chickens since January and I get persistent intruder attempts regularly since I've had the gals. But I think the coop itself with three sides and a roof is fine around here, especially on days like today when it got up past 100.