The left side of the coop is where you can enter the coop and/or run. The coop measures 8'x12'. My original layout can be seen under Jls's Chicken Coop "Gusty Acres" in the medium coop section of BYC. I have made many modifications to the original design.

This is the front of our coop. All of the windows are covered with hard wire cloth to ensure safety. There is a third window located in the back of the coop which is shaded by the shed roof that is located in the run.

Here is the covered portion of the chicken run.

This is the right side of our coop. Here you can see the large attached run for the birds.

This is the inside of our coop. There are lots of roosts and plenty of nest boxes for our flock. Notice the feeder to the middle-right of this photo. A further description is given with the last photo of this page.

Here is the BEST item in our entire coop! It is the Pullet-Shut automatic chicken door. By far this is the best investment we have EVER made for our flock. This door allows us to have the freedom to live our life while ensuring the flock is safe at night. It is connected to a solar panel and has a light sensor which opens and closes the door after sunrise and at sunset.

My husband and I made these roll out nest boxes for the coop. This way the birds are less likely to go broody, keeps the eggs clean, and prevents the chickens from eating the eggs.

Here is the other side of the chicken run (located to the left of the coop).

This is the solar panel that runs the Pullet Shut automatic chicken door. The light sensor can be seen in the upper right-hand corner of this photo.

Here is another vital aspect of our chicken coop design. Notice the lines of twine that stretch across the top of the run. They are spaced 12" part from each other. A couple of years ago we had a tragic incident: a bird of pray swooped down and attempted to carry off our Silkie rooster. The bird dropped him from quite a distance. Needless to say he needed to be put down due to his catastrophic injuries. After much research we decided to install twine across the top of our run instead of wire fencing due to the snow we experience here in Maine. It has made all the difference in the world! We have never had another attempt to carry off one of our chickens by a bird of pray since we installed the twine.

Lastly, Here is the supply and/or brooding area inside our coop. It can be accessed from either side of the coop. This photo is from the double door side (right side) of the coop. Notice the metal feeder to the left of this photo. It is a swine feeder which has been installed with the feeding trough inside the main coop while the top filling portion remains in the supply area. This allows us to fill the feeder without having to enter the main coop area. The feeder side can be seen in the photo of the inside of our coop (middle right-hand side of the 5th photo). As is the case with the windows, this supply section and screen door are covered with hard wire cloth. When this area is not used for brooding chicks the double doors can be opened and the screen door can be locked to allow for more air flow on hot days, all the while the flock remains safe from predators.
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