Critique my coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SouthernBornOUFan, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2010
    Ok a little back story. This was a dog house originally and I've been slowly turning it into a coop. I've added the vent, flooring, and door. The actually opening for the chickens to come in and out is too big, I know. I'll be adding an automatic door with some plywood to fix it. I have chalked all the little cracks and etc to minimize drafts. I'm thinking about adding some insulation to the roof and it's on a stand that will serve as extra room for the run.

    I have to finish the roost (which I still need ideas for). It'll be for a max of 5 chickens.

  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    It looks great. Good job! I have a dog house I have used as a grow out pen and now use as a duck house. Are you going to add a nest box and roosting bar? How big is it? it does look a bit small for 5 chickens. But then it could be bigger than it looks in the picture.
  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
  4. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2010
    Quote:Well, It might be a mix of Bantams and regular size. It's kind of stuck at 4 birds right now per the compromise between me and my wife. LOL. The coop with out porch is about 3ft by 4ft. I plan to add one nesting box.

    Chicken.Lytle :

    For the roost, you should probably just use a horizontal 2x4, wide side up . My chickens use one or sometimes two of the 4' roost planks, depending on their mood. I have 7 chickens.

    I wanted to use something natural. Placement is more my issue. I want them to be high but the problem I'm finding is that the back door kind of interferes. I may just have two 2x4 roost at the front, however make them go at an angle from wall to wall. If that makes sense.

    Leads me to a question. Is a poop board necessary for 4 or 5 chickens and deep liter method?​
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  5. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    I would use a poop board, in a space that small the poop will pile up fast.
  6. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    This is the word of experience. 12 square feet is only enough room for 3 LF chickens (or possibly 4). I went against that knowledge and ended up spending way too much money on a replacement coop when the one I originally bought was simply too small for my 7 girls. The manufacturer of my hoop house said it would house 8. The coop part was about 3x4 with a secure attached run that was 6x4. Not so. the 7 girls were so crowded by the time they were 3 months old that I was afraid they would pick fights with each other when they were confined.

    The new coop is 6x8. It is a little too roomy in this cold weather, but better that than chickens walking on each other and picking each others feathers out from boredom and frustration. However many chickens you think will fit in the coop (and it looks very nice, really), just divide that by 2. They get really big, really fast. Really.

  7. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    You could fit 4 bantams in there. I have a dog house I was thinking of selling, but after seeing this I'm rethinking my strategy. [​IMG]

    It looks great. I like the over hang with the vent underneath. It's awesome, but, just not big enough for 5 standards.
  8. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2010
    Well and this is why I like this community so much. I can find out solutions before I encounter problems.

    So 3 standards would fit OK in here? (What about 3 standards and 1 Banty?)
  9. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    I like what you have done with this dog house. We have a similar house we could turn into a small coop. It will be interesting to see your finished product. How big is this coop?
  10. SouthernBornOUFan

    SouthernBornOUFan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2010
    Quote:I'm not home at the moment. I measured it once but forgot lol.

    It's about 3ft wide x 4ft long w/o the porch.

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