We live in an 1840's farm house and like all things old. My husband is very good at reconstructing and repairing period buildings, and an excellent craftsman. The design was completely his. I am good at all things mathematical and a decent carpenter, so I was in charge of drafting and measuring. The coop is set on corner stones that raise off the ground 1 or 2 feet to discourage predators. It is made from a combination of reclaimed barn wood, 3 recycled windows, an antique door, and some new lumber for framing. We had tin roofing left on the property from previous home owners, so we only had to buy the molded strip that runs along the ridge. A black smith friend made the window hardware, and the door hardware was collected by my husband.
Back of coop
The overhang gives a good place for them to stay out of the weather.
Front and side of coop with the window open for ventilation
The coop is 8 ft by 8 ft, has 4 nesting boxes, two removable roosts, and plenty of room for food and water. The windows have sturdy hardware cloth nailed to the inside. We are going to add 2 more nesting boxes this year since we added 6 more chickens for a total of 20.
The chickens can shelter under the building for shade, dust baths, and to stay dry during rain showers. There is a loft above where we store hay for the sheep and any of the other paraphernalia necessary for farm animals.
Two roosts and pop door