I am in the midst of the pencil and paper stage of a frenetic coop design. I like to over-think, over-build, and generally over-do just about everything. I can spend ten minutes evaluating specialty olive oil options in the market, a trivial choice. Yet, this is a giant piece of real estate within direct eyesight (and SMELL) of my patio. I want to do it IMPECCABLY.
That being said, I would love to hear from BYC on the most valuable features to include in a coop design. Those that I have already incorporated into my design include:
- Complete exterior access to everything
- Exterior nesting boxes
- Raised hen house with mesh floor to allow for deep litter
- Removable hen house floor for thorough cleaning
- Removable bins in nest boxes for cleaning
- Interior doors on nest boxes to prevent entry when warranted
- Coop door wide enough to accommodate a wheelbarrow.
- Automatic door on hen house triggered by light exposure
- Hanging feed and water
- Staggered height roosts
Please let me know of any design features that you could not imagine living without on your coop...or things that you wish that you had done. I would love to upcycle your hindsight into my foresight.
Thanks in advance for any help. Gnawing questions like these are why I became a member rather than continue to lurk in the shadows.
Edited by makemineirish - 10/4/12 at 8:57am