The Banty coop looks fore-longed with the west end planter barren and the big pot out front in winters decline. I decided to plant a plastic evergreen tree in it for the off season, the DW has a name for this type of thing, but it is not one which I remember. I might light it up, to cheer up the bird's Christmas wreath on the front door. My sliding hardware cloth door has turned out to be a wonderful management tool. And the birds like to lay behind it in the sun, knowing they are safe and secure. A lot of wing stretching goes on in there. This top view is from the west.
This below is the east side of the new coop, on the far right you can see half of my outdoor horizontal nipple watering bucket, it has a bucket heater in it and has worked out well, at least thus far into the season. The space in front of the chairs is where we feed out treats, ice water in season, and sometimes scratch. We have a radio and a metal table, some wind chimes a place to hang the egg baskets, an atomic clock with temp, most everything is able to be squirted off as needed, I do like my birds and enjoy seeing them as often as I can. For those of you whom know of Henny Penny, she sends her best regards and seasons greetings. We still paint her toes pink, much to the delight of the neighboring children. When Silver Penny allows us to do so, we indulge in her pedicure as well. The pavers have been an nice addition, they catch some warmth and the birds like to lay along the front/south side of the coop and sun. I like the all weather, not sloppy surface for my chicken coop deck/hang out place.
This is the north side/back of the coop. It also has the required OSHA exit markers, but this one has faded quite a bit, but still does the job. I use double gate latches and one of those green snap locks you can perhaps see on the left latch. The pop door has both cleats and anti slip strips. We had a slip and fall last year, so we doubled down this season with the black sandpaper strips. I don't know if you can see it, but there is a plexiglass insert in the pop door opening. This is sized to keep the LF and Turkeys out of this building. It is in the shape of a long oval and lets in light, without letting in the unwanted birds. I fancy it to be my version of a NASCAR sanctioned throttle plate. Plus with the north wind I do not want an opening larger than needed. It is setup so as to be able to accept various inserts as needed down the road.
It would appear that Silver Penney is on the ramp and Kaydee is poking her head through the pop opening. I also double lock everything, Raccoons are smart and persistence, so one latch is not enough to protect your birds. Even if it can not be gotten into, I double loch/latch all doors and such. Remember everyone loves a nice chicken dinner…
Best to all and your fine birds,