So, new to chickens and you guys have been super helpful so far, thanks.
I decided to build my own coop, as I needed one that was larger than most commercial units. It addition, I wanted something that could be moved with me if needed. This caused me to think of the design of the coop differently. I decided that in order to get both of these items I would need to build a coop that can be modular. To accomplish this, I made it so that with the removal of 16 lag bolts my coop can come apart into 7 separate pieces (roof, four sides, floor, and nesting boxes). Any of these pieces could be moved by one person, although two is easier. I am so far pleased with the finished product. Would love your thoughts though.
I am tightening the last lug on the walls. The floor sits on four cleats, and then has four lags into the 4X4 posts. Each side wall sits on top of the floor and has two lags into the four by fours. The entrance and opposite wall are permanently attached to the 4X4 corners.
The roof is attached at the four corners with lag bolts. I am also building here the detachable nesting box.
Paint here shows well how the nesting box detaches. A french cleat on the top, and two lag bolts on the bottom hold the nesting box on. The large door you see on the left is my cleaning access, and if I need to get in. I saw others that are having a hard time mucking the coop out, I hope this makes that easier.
Here the coops is from the back, nesting box on, pen fenced in, and doors mounted. The chickens seem to like it.
Front side, showing the entrance ramp (and closable door should I decide to do that), and better view of the nesting box.
In the back hatch. You can also see the roost ladder we made out of cut tree branches. The chickens are still young enough that they don't use it very much. Hopefully time will fix that.
Inside the nesting boxes pre-paint. The hooks can lock it open or closed, which I hope make it convenient if I need that.
With all that said, super curious for others thoughts on my first try at coop design and construction.