coop design help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by karagenknight, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. karagenknight

    karagenknight In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2014
    Akron, OH
    Hey everyone im very new here and im looking for some advice on my
    coop before i go much further. this will be a home for 5 standard
    chickens. I am building a mobile triangle coop off of this design - . My base is 4 ft
    by 8 ft by 4ft tall. i plan to leave the sides completely open filled
    with 1/2 in hardware cloth and line the bottom with one or 2 layers of
    chicken wire to stop any digging. In the colder months I will block
    off most of the sides with clear plastic roof panels to reduce drafts
    while letting light in leaving a foot of the top open for ventilation.
    The plan is to give them 2 nest boxes (not sure where to put them
    since i read they needed "raised off the ground a few inches but lower
    then the lowest roost") and several roosts (large tree limbs from my
    yard) leaving the bottom open to the grass/ chicken wire. I will be
    letting the chickens range when i am home and they and their coop will
    be inside a chain link fence.

    I live in northeastern ohio and it gets pretty cold here so i would
    like to know if you think this design will allow the chickens enought
    space when they dont want to venture into the yard and if i am
    providing adiquate amenities for them? Do they need a floor or shelves
    to rest on or will they be alright with roosting polls? if the bottom
    is "open" will they need bedding? oh and i know they will need a dust
    box to bathe in. Sorry for the crazy post just want to be sure my
    chicks are happy from day one. Here's where I'm at I get my day old chicks in 2 weeks so excited! [​IMG]

  2. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    Looks like you are off to a good start. You might want to consider having some solid walls for the chickens. They often like a quiet, peaceful area to rest and sleep, and a coop that is completely open may make them feel too exposed. I would add triangle shaped walls at the peak of the coop, and have the roosting bar(s) located there so they can sleep in peace.

    Since you live in a northern climate with snow in winter, you may want to provide more indoor space than you have planned. You could expand the coop easily by raising it up 18". Make the bottom 18" open air (fenced in with hardware wire), and then put a floor on the bottom of the current coop and enclose it. A ramp would let the chickens go from the ground level to the coop level. You will also need space to hang a feeder and waterer, and you could hang them from the floor, so when the chickens are on the ground level, they have access to food and water.

    Keep posting pictures, and good luck!
  3. cbtask123

    cbtask123 Hatching

    Sep 30, 2014
    This is a great start!

    Here, you can find tips and tricks to help you build a really great chicken coop.
  4. 11mini

    11mini Songster

    Aug 17, 2014
    Lake Stevens, WA
    Seems kind of small for 5 birds - I have 3 in a 3x10 run (30sq ft) yours is only 4x8 (32sq ft). They might be too crowded.
  5. karagenknight

    karagenknight In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2014
    Akron, OH
    [​IMG]so I took everyones advise and raised the coop. I will be adding the floor and walls as soon as I can get the hardware cloth installed. The bottom section is already covered in chicken wire to keep out and diggers.
    In the mean time I Got My Chicks
    I have two golden buffs, a buff brahma, a bared rock and 2 mystery chicks!
    Heres one of my mystery babies
    And heres the other one not sure what the grey one is. I'm hoping its a blue orpington

  6. JordanWalker

    JordanWalker In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2014
    I just found this thread and I know that it's a bit too late, but I am still excited to see your coop design. So how was your experience in raising your chickens?

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