3x3 coop alcove suggestions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DoeAndGander, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. DoeAndGander

    DoeAndGander Songster

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    Any suggestions on what to put in this awkward 3’x3’ alcove? Interior coop measures 9’6”x9’6”. There’s currently one long 3’x9’6” walk in area and I was thinking extend the chicken area the extra 9 sq ft but unsure what to put there to utilize space. Put roosting bars/poop boards along west and south walls to maximize space? Or maybe just poop boards along west wall and feeders/waterer in 3x3 area? Was thinking communal interior nesting box along north wall. 7 hens and counting! Planning 24” poop boards. Or maybe make it 2x3 run poop boards to wall and gain an extra foot of walk-in space?
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  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Where will windows be?

    I like to stack stuff, so I would put a communal nest box under the poop shelf. And yes, I think the poop shelf along the west wall looks great.

    I worry about chickens getting stuck in corners and getting pecked on... so am leary of sticking food or water into an alcove.

    You could make that a broody/ baby chick box on the bottom, and then roof the top as a dust bath. (Think poop shelf with tall edges to hold in the dirt.)

    I wouldn't want that alcove to be a perch and poop shelf... I think it would be too awkward to clean... but it shouldn't get that dirty as a dust bath.

    Or... you could make the storage area 9.5 feet wide, but the alcove area just 2 feet, not 3 feet deep... and use the 1 foot by 3 feet area as a built in feeder. So... a recessed feeder that could hold a bunch of feed and not take away from the 9.5 x 6.5 coop.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Nice sketch, contains pertinent dimensions.
    But, is there a door between storage area and coop...which way does it swing??

    I would put the nests in the wall between storage and coop...
    ....and roost/board on west and north wall.
     
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  4. DoeAndGander

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    Thank you both!! I’ll grab pics. This is an existing coop. The doors are the dark black areas in drawing. Both swing out & open on right hand side
     
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  5. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    I would consider making a brooding/isolation area there, it won't be used all the time but it'd make for easier integration and also give you a built in set up to break broodies, treat injuries or illness, etc. If you make it so that the wall/divider there is removable (or it can simply be something like a wire dog crate that sits in there) then it can be open space when it's not in use, and converted easily when you do need it.
     
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  6. DoeAndGander

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    A few pics.. hopefully this helps! The left hand (south) side walk in 3ft was/is a brooding/isolation area and it worked great for that but I got the bright idea of adding it as actual coop space... because... well chicken math! The interior photo was snapped last year. That existing poop board will be replaced with 2’ single roost bar instead of 3’ double roost bar. 3’ was too much of a pain to clean and deal with
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  7. DoeAndGander

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    Great suggestions! I really like the recessed feeder idea. I currently use pvc pipe feeders and it works perfect. I bet they would fit perfect there

    Love the stacking idea! I will not have external nest boxes. Would nest box under poop board be a pain in the butt to gather eggs? Have you ever had to deal with that? Lol I can just picture myself smacking my head on the board on a regular basis!
     
  8. DoeAndGander

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    both interior and exterior doors swing out and hinges are on left side. Is there a reason you chose north wall and not south for poop board (besides awkward alcove on south side)?
     
  9. Aunt Angus

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    Gorgeous coop!!! I was thinking broody/isolation pen, too. I have one, and it has been fantastic. I put a board above it, and the girls like to hang out up there. Maintains usable "floor space" even though it's not on the floor.
     
  10. DoeAndGander

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    That’s exactly what I had it as! An area I set up a crate when needed and used as storage when it wasn’t in use. I was thinking I could stick a crate under poop board as a quick isolation area but Maybe I shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken and just deal with my original square footage :oops:
     
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