We borrowed the idea from the California coop on this website
A concrete outer foundation with an inner 1/4 wire mesh floor covered with sand was used as a floor
Our Columbian Rocks use a "poop blanket" underneath their chicken roost . The blanket is emptied every morning into the compost. Sand is used for an inner bed through out the coop. The poop can be emptied much like a cat litter box. So far no smell
The nesting boxes are on the side of the hen house. A carabiner is used to secure the side bolt latch from predators.
We use suspended tupperware wash bins that slide out to access our eggs.
An inside look of the nesting boxes. They have been busy playing with the wood shavings. The coop has power. I am not sure if a flat panel radiant coop heater is needed for the winter months. I know dampness hurts your birds more than cold.
A view from the roost
A feeder made with ABS pipe which works well. Now to figure out how to make a chicken swing. We like the video on www.fowlplayproducts.com/the-chicken-swing.html
A look at the chicken run. They do not seem interested in our homemade swing.
The chicks can roost and check out the raspberry patch through the windows. All the windows were found at Demxx in Coombs, B.C.
We sit and have coffee in the morning and watch the chickens.
Our Maremma watching the chicks eat toast. He likes his toast.
Our first egg (4 1/2 months)