- May 3, 2015
Ok so I am planning a coop for 6 chickens and I have a area planned out in the backyard that will work perfectly. So I have a couple of questions. We face north and get tons of sun in the area I have planned for the coop. Sun till almost the sun goes down. There is no tree for shade, so I would be covering it with a roof and maybe on one half of the run with a tarp so they have shade. My questions are 1) what would you do for the area of the coop/run? Put it where there is tons of light or off to the side where they get sun part of the day. I am in Alberta, Canada so would like the sun for the winter to help warm the coop. 2) I am really liking the raised coop idea but am unsure if it is a good idea with the winters getting to -30 or -40 with wind chill. Anyone here have a raised coop with my winter temps? how do you warm it and how does it work out or would I be better off building a coop like a mini shed on the ground with a concrete floor to help warm it? My really sunny area is a nice size, totalling 15 feet long by 6-8 feet wide so I have room for the 6 chickens no problem and the side that gets shade I can build a nice size coop and run as well. HELP please.