I was looking at a site today that gave me an idea. It talked about building a coop inside the garage.
It does get cold here, but not as cold (or for as long) as many places. However, having a concrete floor, and a warmer space, and especially the electricity already run, all sound like nice advantages. Not to mention much more secure predator-proofing (the main reason I need a decent coop).
We have a detached concrete-block garage with a concrete floor, and electricity. We store some things there, and have a cat living in it, but don't use it for the car. My daughter wants to set up her ping-pong table there and have friends in to play, along with doing some projects out there (nothing that would cause fumes or hurt the chickens).
I'm wondering if it can be a good idea to take advantage of this and build a coop inside the garage. There's no way to cut a door, so I would have to use the existing window and remove the screens to allow access. They are wide jalousie (maybe misspelled) windows, I'm not sure of the dimensions of the opening. It would be several feet wide, but each pane is not more than about 12" tall, if I remember correctly. They open on a slant, so they might not open that far. Also, the chickens will have to go UP to go in or out ... perhaps 30" off the floor/ground. It *might* be possible to remove the panes of glass and replace with something else, but that would probably make for a less secure door, as well as adding expense.
Does anyone have any experience, or opinions/advice about this? I so appreciate the help I have received so far. Learning so much, and looking forward to getting chicks next month or so.