I had originally planned to only have 4 chickens but we are up to 5 now. I also ended up with a couple huge and not very athletic Brahmas. This is the most adults I will ever have and they are not currently BFFs, but not enemies either. My idea to have one 4 foot roost on a short wall needs to be changed.
This is rough drawing of what I have to work with. Not to scale but I added some dimensions.
The right side has a storage area 3 feet off the floor and will open from the outside. Inside that, the pipe of the PVC feeder will stick up through a hole so you can refill from there. Red is a door and window, and blue will eventually be a chicken door that leads to the run. They will have 24 access to the run unless there is a reason to lock them in the coop.
With only 4 “average” sized chickens I had planned to put 2 nest boxes on the 30 inch wall under the storage shelf. Then I changed to a poop try and 2 large boxes under the window, but I can’t seem to get the poop tray and at least 5 feet of roost to fit without someone’s butt potentially sticking over the edge. An L-shaped configuration doesn’t seem to add more than a few inches and significantly alters my goal to just pop out a 2X4 for thorough cleanings.
Now I’m thinking of scrapping the poop board and doing one roost at 2 feet and another at 3 using that entire 30 inches of depth on the left. My concern is that I’m back to smaller nest boxes and I wanted them to be roomy. I also don’t like having a tight area for food but there will be another one in the run and that’s where water goes.
It is too late for major changes now so I have to make something work. Suggestions?