I have this old building on my property that once allegedly housed chickens. I am hoping to remodel it to use as a future chicken coop that may house about 3 egg layers. Though the building may look like a tear down to some, I do not want to tear it down as it is grandfathered in as being a 3rd building on my property so one way or the other I need to fix-it up a bit.
As you can see it needs a bit of TLC - a door, paint, some boards replaced, etc. I also need to get the current occupants out of the coop - well beneath it - either ground hogs or raccoons. I plan on tearing up the floor so I can put wire underneath it so hoping the commotion will scare them out long enough for me then to channel around the building and bury wire and rocks to keep them critters out.
Besides the obvious repairs it needs, I am wondering if I should make a small enclosure in the structure for the chickens or should I use the whole building as a coop? My budget is very limited and I plan on making this as green as possible and upcycling materials to make this a wonderful place for some new chicks to call "home".
Thanks in advance for your assistance!
West side of coop with two large windows. This is north of our barn so it doesnt get much sun.
South side/ entrance needs door but has a small window. This side gets full sun.
Inside looking NW...
East side of the coop where I'm thinking the run will go. Its the sunniest ground area around the coop. Thinking of boarding up the door and have the run access where it was/is.
The roof albeit ugly is sound and I'm considering growing grass and sedum on it.
Thanks for looking!