good frigid friday noon.
I was just out taking care of the critters. 5/5 on the eggs today..
it is really cold, but I could still feel the warmth of the sun while walking across the yard.
it was quite nice inside the coop because of the sun shining through the big windows..
If anyone is thinking of building a coop.. make it as large as you can.
you will never have more room than you need.
put as much glass on the south side as you can. it is amazing how much warmth it will collect from the sun, even at this time of year.
make the door as wide as you can so that you can push a wheel barrow through it easily..
a concrete floor makes for easier cleaning ; and it helps to keep mice, rats and other vermin from tunneling in.
If you are going to build the walls with wooden studs, make a perimeter of at least one tier of concrete blocks.
this will help keep your wooden sill and the bottom of your studs from rotting. also keeps the bedding and litter from collecting between the studs.
suspend the nests and roosts from the walls. this will eliminate any legs from obstructing your cleaning operation, and it also helps in catching that elusive chicken if you are using a net.
It is nice to have enough extra room to store a couple of garbage cans full of feed.
If I had it to do over, I would have made my coop with an overhead garage door so that I could drive my tractor right in with the bucket to clean the floors. that would turn a 2 hour hard job into a 15 minute easy job.
Edited by jvls1942 - 2/12/16 at 10:36am