Pollo Palazzo means Chicken Palace in Italian which this coop turned out to be. Finished except for the landscaping this went way over budget and probably better than any other coop in the surrounding area but the girls love it. I got the design from My Pet Chicken under their chicken coop plans. It's the Daisy Coop and was very well documented and relatively easy to build. I built it with the idea that it would add value and not detract form the house and the neighbors wouldn't complain. We live in a fairly rural setting but I am inside the city limits and we have a little over a half acre of land that backs into a wooded area which I hope to fence in in the near future so the girls can free roam in the back yard. I'm retired and really enjoyed the time spent on this project. Right now we are in the process of fencing in our garden area to make it secure from deer and rabbits but also it will become a duck pen and coop area later this year.
Here's some pictures:
This is the front of the coop with the hatch door so I can easily change water and food without going into the run area. You can't see it from this angle but there are 2 windows in the front of the coop under the run.
The back of the coop showing the large doors that allow me to get in and clean very easily. This view also shows a closer view of one of the nest boxes. Three nests on each side of the coop.
Following is the back of the coop with the doors open. You can see the roosts and the closed nest boxes that will be reopened when the girls decide they want to start laying.
Here is a close up of the roost/poop catcher. Both of these are removable and filled with Sweet PDZ for easy clean up. You can see the windows from the inside.
Here are the girls with their first day in their run and having a blast playing chicken in the grass, chasing bugs and scratching around and doing other chicken things.