This is the short version of a long story.
I told my DH I was gonna buy chicks. And I did.
I told him if he didn't build me a coop I would make one myself. And I did.
I told him I needed a stronger coop for our Chicago winter and if he didn't make me one soon I would be using his power tools. Wow that got his attention! My DH is a perfectionist so I knew my amateur work would bug him, and it did!
He sketched and sketched and I regurgitated all the info I gathered from BYC. I strategically flashed him photos from my collection of coop envy via email, text, Facebook, etc. Well the brainwashing worked. The result was the transformation of an unused playhouse into the now Chicago Chick Inn!
Coop completed November 2013.
I will let the photos do the talkin'. Dimensions are toward the end. Enjoy!
The entire structure is 9ft x 3ft. The enclosed portion is 3ft x3ft. Not including the external egg boxes which measures 24" long x12" deep, 12" tall. The egg box has a divider. The highest peak of the run and coop is 7.5ft. The chicken door opens with a pulley cord. The roof has two vents. The windows both open for additional ventilation. The run and windows are covered in 1/2 inch 19gauge hardware cloth. The entire structure has a surrounding 18inch hardware cloth apron screwed into the base to deter digging predators.
Plans for Spring: Paint job or sealant, more vents up high, and a fence to separate chicken yard from people yard, and maybe another coop and more chickens?! I know I'm pushing it.
Three Bantam Easter Egger chickens. As you can see they are rather entitled, but they bring us joy and yummy eggs so I guess they pay the rent.