The chicken Mansion
We decided to build a new chicken coop much bigger than our last to hold 6 birds. So we watched quite a few chicken videos on youtube and found some really good ideas. We designed the coop in two sections so that we can close off one side to make it easier to clean out.
We have two sliding doors which close off the sleeping area/nesting boxes and second section to the coop.To open and close these doors we have installed a pulley system which is secured by a wooden toggle and metal hook. (Below
The picture shows the door seperating the two parts of the run.
The 1st part is built on slabs and in the 2nd area there is a heavy duty wire sheet buried underneath the ground to prevent foxes digging their way into the coop.We plan to lay tuf on top of the dirt so that they can scratch and eat the grass. Also in the 2nd area there will be a couple of roosting bars that will be made from an old tree branch.
Below: Is the door and ramp going to the coop where they can sleep at night.
Inside the coop there is two nesting box compartments and two long roosting bars with a bit of a shelf which they can use to jump up onto the roosting bars.
We decided that we'd like to see inside of the coop when they are all in so we added a perspex window. (Below)
Below: We fitted a air vent in to get circulation through the coop in the summer.
The second part of the run.