After looking at it.. I think I can remove just the side panels top board. (one singular screw holds it in place) flip it on each side panel.this should allow me to move the run door to the other side without needing any more modification. This will be very easily done before assembling.
I can already tell that I will need to use my hardware stapler and put some real 16 guage galanized staples in to secure the hardware cloth screens.
I also plan to repaint with good exterior paint before assembeling anything.
I think I will follow the advice on this post and only put in one or two of the nest boxes instead of 3. I plan to have 4 hens if everything turns out the way I imagine... still need to do some reading to figure out if one box will be enough.
I also have a question about the way the box door let down... why is this? It would seem falling down and open would not be a good thing... why aren't the door lift up that way if the latch fails or your kids don't shut the door properly atleast hangs shut...instead of hanging wide open? Is there a reason the box doors open down?
Sounds like a good plan! And yes, painting BEFORE putting together is really something I wish I had done... I'm having so much fun climbing inside the coop to paint, lol!!
I used 1/2 inch screws with washers to reinforce the screens at the corners and every 12 inches, then followed up with 3/8 staples. And I added a 12-18 inch hardware cloth 'apron' around all sides.
From the reading I did on this board, I think 1 box per 4 birds is fine, apparently they all want to use the same one anyway? I wanted the extra room to add water inside the coop, although I'm not sure if I'm going to add a pop door or just a dog door type of flap, as I live in a very temperate area, in a neighborhood with few predators, and I think with the reinforcements I've made the entire run should be just as secure as the coop itself... but, if you do decide to add a pop door to make the coop more secure at night, you'll have to add some hardware cloth along the top of the coop where it meets the roof, as that opens right into the run.
Looking forward to seeing your mods!!
Edited by L2fly - 4/12/17 at 10:35am