So we've been thinking about getting chickens, for the eggs mostly, so I decided to build a chicken coop. I originally was going to build it a bit larger than it turned out, but due to the lack of tin I had for roofing, I had to size it down a bit.
It's basically a 9' x 5' open structure with a tin roof. It's 8' tall on one end, and the tin slopes down to 6' tall on the other end. It sets on the ground, and all sides are covered with chicken wire. There is no floor. It has a door, about 2.5' wide on the 8' tall by 5' wide end of it.
On the 6' end, chickens would only have access to the bottom 2' of the structure, because what I call the laying box, is located above that area. The laying box is 2' above ground, 3' by the full width (5') of the structure. Chickens could not get on top of the laying box, because I read it could contaminate the eggs, plus there is a outside opening on the top of the box (still under the tin) to access the 4 nest boxes inside. The nest boxes are about 14" x 12" and all along the back of the 5' x 3' laying box. The laying box is about 2' tall. The laying box is totally enclosed except for about a 2' x 2' opening, with ramp, where chickens can enter/exit.
So basically the chickens will have a 9' x 5' ground accessible area, that is totally enclosed with chicken wire, and covered by tin. They would have an enclosed area, 2' above ground, that is 3' by 5' by 2' tall. This area has the back 1' divided into 4 nesting areas.
There is a roost area that 2' wide, with boards 1" thick, one located at 2' above ground, and the other at 4' above ground. These are in the outside, chicken wire enclosed/tin covered area, but not in the enclosed area (aka laying box).
So will this work at all? Will it support 5 to 7 chickens?
I don't want to get chickens and not have a suitable place for them to live.