3 sided design, is it ok?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by giasmom, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    We just built a new coop. It is 8Wx16Lx8H , this is attached on the left side to a pre existing coop. The front of the new coop & 8ft.,down the right side is a heavy gauge chick wire. The back 8ft on that side is closed in. The very back of the coop is also closed in, with a lift door on the top half.
    So when you are standing in the front looking in,you are looking thru the wire and it is open all the way to the back wall. The roosts are all the way in the rear by the screened in lift door area.
    We have a seperate room in the existing coop for our laying room which has access to the newly designed area.
    My question here is , Should we add a wall in the middle of the new coop to close in the roosing area, or will it be okay left open ? Most of our weather here comes from the backside, so the rain and should not get the roosting area wet. Also, the runs we have are not covered, so the front half of this design will serve as a small 8x8 covered run for them when needed. Well........ any opinions out there ?
    Sorry printer is not working , so no pics !
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    3 sided coops work fine. We have a few of them and no covered runs and they work great. I see youre in AL. so you dont have to deal with very cold temps.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Depending on the direction of your weather and storms you might want to have a tarp or plywood available to close in one of the open sides at times (since othewise it may become sort of a wind tunnel) but otherwise it sounds just dandy to me [​IMG]

    Have fun,

  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, it's nice to have the choice of keeping them dry and if the winds get very high you can keep them where you want them! [​IMG]

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