Greetings again from Western WI! Our weather has been 'Kansas City' ish, vs MN/WIish Rather than highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s (normal this time of year), we've had highs in the mid 40s and lows are sometimes not even below freezing. Some people blame Super El Niño(Is that a superhero or a supervillian)....I decided it was a good excuse to start building the layer's new coop in late October.
The new coop is 6x8, with a 2 foot area underneath for them to run around in during bad weather; and a 85 sqft covered run next to it.
Here is a picture of the new coop - half done. Most people think I'm building a hunting blind; I did model the design after some of those I've seen. It has three windows, what you see is the west side. Windows are W, S, and E. NO windows on the N side because that is where their perches will be for sleeping. The door is on the E (back) side.
Here is a picture, farther away - The fenced area with the tarp top will be dis-assembled from the current coop and added to the new coop, hopefully this weekend as we're expecting mid 40s and the ground isn't yet frozen solid (whee!). See that little red coop? That's the current coop, which will become the 'infermery/broody' coop this spring. Ralph - if you end up with toad seeds this spring and I get a broody hen, we might have to do some bartering!
From earlier construction (notice there are leaves still?!) This is the base we built, we put vinyl flooring over it to help protect the wood.
Here is a view of under the deck, this area is now fully hardware clothed. On the N side there is a little walkthrough for them to get to the other run, the S side has a little crawl-door my husband and I can use use to get under there - just in case 'somehen' decides to lay an egg down there.
I'll post a 'finished' pic when I'm done.