My husband owns a fiberglass company. He made a mold for a portable small livestock shelter for my goats. We had a door made for them so they could be used for transporting in a pick up bed.
I have several around the farm and envision them as small portable chicken coops. I would like to breed purebred chickens and need to be able to maintain breeding groups.
They measure 4' w x 6' l x 4' high. They weigh about 100 lbs.
What I wonder is:
should a floor be added? Or should I leave it on the ground. I've read the deep litter method is better on bare ground.
Would it be better to put it on legs? I worry about the wind.
How much ventilation do I need to add?
How many full size chickens would be appropriate in a shelter this size?
I'm thinking to add outside nest boxes to the back.
I look forward to any suggestions.