New and looking for ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mnmama, May 20, 2016.

  1. mnmama

    mnmama New Egg

    May 20, 2016
    All we have left is building the inside of our coop. This is our first time owning chickens,and I am looking for suggestions from people with more experience then I have. The coop is 4x6, one 6ft wall with nothing on it, one 6ft wall with a door that is 2ft wide(so about 4ft working space) both 4ft walls have Windows about 3ft up. I am trying to decide best placement for roosts, nesting boxes, and food and water, while saving as much space as possible. I have done a lot of reading on this site but wanted to see what tips I can get.
    Thank you
  2. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    SE, Louisiana
    Welcome. Come on in!! You've come to the right place. The people here will share everything they know to assist you.

    One guy here uses a piece of plywood with notches in it, nailed to the wall, to move the roosts higher as the chickens get older. I am gonna do something similar but, I'm gonna run the plywood on an angle so that some chickens will be able to roost on a lower perch and not get pooped on.

    Build your nest boxes hanging onto the outside the actual coop with a lid that opens from the outside.

    For food I have the typical PVC pipe feeder that can be filled from outside the coop and run.

    Minnesota!! You're gonna have to give some serious thought to insulation, maybe heat?

    A really nice coop just makes you feel great. Just look at the amount of effort some people put into their coops here. And, everyone else enjoys it with you!!!

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