Originally Posted by Cluckies
This is great! Do you have a photo or two of the inside?
Sure do. This entire 10x12 coop cost around $300 to make, as most of the wood was scrap~free!~and was just pieced in like a puzzle, all different kinds and types of wood, different thicknesses and lengths.
This is the front inside, with the winter tarp on...it's a clear tarp to let in the sun. All the openings you see are left open all winter long.
I added this center beam under the roof when I added my third hoop, to reinforce the arch in case of deep snows.
This is the back of the coop, added on to the original 2 panel design to give me more space. I left the old framework in place that I had in the 2 panel coop and it helps support some of the roosts. It has two large windows on either side that can be opened fully and a window at the back behind the roosts that can also be opened to let in more air. The tarps for the roof are lifted up on both sides during warmer months and a shade tarp applied over the clear tarp which leaves the coop very cool and breezy.
There's a pop door under the roosts and one on the front door, both are used in warmer months but usually only one is open all the time during the winter.
The little barn style windows on either side of the front door can be flipped down for more airflow but the top portions of those windows are never closed, be it subzero or mid summer. That's a piece of 550 cord holding that window at level while open. I like using things I have on hand to build things on the cheap.
The dog's house is built onto the back of the coop, made out of pallets stuffed with hay and scrap lumber, it's incredibly snug and he can hear whatever is going on in the coop, plus the back pop door opens up right next to the entrance to his house, so nothing gets past him.
He cuts trail for the chickens, as his water bucket is at the front of the coop and his feeding station is down at the shed, so he usually has a good path built before the chickens ever venture out in the snow.
This has turned out to be my most favorite of all the coops I've ever had, even though it's a mish mash of materials and doesn't look like anything special to other folks...it's sunny, airy, cozy and efficient at keeping the birds warm and also for keeping the DL working, making me finished compost at a pretty quick rate for such a small coop and for a free ranged flock. Best of all? It was cheap and fun to build and I keep tweaking as I go along, so it's very adaptable.