We are just finishing up our first chicken coop build. This is our first time having chickens. We decided to get several different types of chickens. The types we have are Cornish, Barred Rock, Americauna, Welsummer, Longhorn, and a few mixed breed Easter Eggers. We plan on housing approx a dozen chickens year round. We looked over many designs before deciding what style and function of a coop we thought would work for our family. Our coop is approx 36 sq ft plus egg box and our run is about 130 sq ft. We took many things into consideration such as function, necessity, and weather. We live in Ontario Canada where winters are cold! We also have two boys who we knew would want to be in with the chickens as well as a dog we would want to keep out!
I have started painting the coop and will continue over the next week or so. I am also planning to hang hanging baskets on the roof joists that overhang. Our sons planted a bunch of sunflowers along the one side of the coop and yellow and green beans on the other to create more shade. We build the coop beside our vegetable garden. The chickens can view it from their run as well as through our utility door which is an old house window from when our home was originally built. We also up cycled an old house door for the back wall of the coop.
It was important for us to have the egg box accessible from the outside of the coop. We plan to use baskets inside the coop egg box. Our chickens are not near egg laying age so I won't provide the baskets until the time comes. We still need to add a security latch to keep the egg box closed up. It was also important for us to have a cleaning door which would not disturb the chickens when roaming so we created the utility door outside of the run space.
We have already begun planting for this years garden. This is our second year having a vegetable garden where we are growing many types of veggies and some fruits. We have added a few extra items we thought the chickens would enjoy!