There are some wonderful coops on BYC - people decide that they want a backyard flock and one of the first things they do is design a coop. Some are budget, utilizing pallets and readily available/salvaged materials. Others are worthy of being on the cover of Southern Living magazine. But what I don't see a lot of are coops for hot and humid climates.
Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we get a month of winter, eight months of miserably hot and humid summers, and three months of fabulous spring/fall days. Most readily available chicken breeds I have researched at best tolerate the heat. The last thing that I think a chicken would want would be to be shut up in a confined coop just as the evening breezes are starting to feel good.
Still to come...
- picture of the spot we chose
- size - 10'x12' + 3'x6' three-sided enclosure
- posts, framing, hurricane clips - with pictures
- how we chose the wire size - picture of the resident snake - also considerations of galvanized vs pvc coated, and gauge size
In the meantime, I have just been informed that I have a poopy diaper to change.