New Coop in Maryland

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hals7, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Hals7

    Hals7 Hatching

    Oct 12, 2008
    Thanks everyone for all the great tips. I've been lurking for several months. We pulled the trigger and bought a 6X8 garden shed this month and will convert it into a coop. The plan is to raise chicks from eggs sometime this winter and put them in the coop when the coop ammendments and run construction are complete.

    Here are our guidelines so far:

    1. Everything in the coop will be off the floor for ease of cleaning.

    2. We will probably use the deep little method, 5-10" deep, but may also try putting trays under the roosts at some point to see how that works.

    3. For a max. of 12 birds we will have a 6X8 coop with at least 120 inches of roosting space, three nest boxes, and a 8X15 run outside.

    4. The nest boxes will have an access door outside so the kids can collect eggs without getting their feet dirty.

    5. The shed will not have electricity which I am told is okay in Maryland. To improve insulation, the interior walls will have paneling at least half way up. This creates a dead air space, and makes cleaning out the coop easier because the walls meet the floor without all the nooks of bare framing.

    6. The coop will have another small door for feeding and watering the birds. This allows us to avoid opening a giant people door in the winter which would let out most of the natural heat.

    7. I have installed three small windows on the south side for plenty of light and warmth during the day.

    Below is the plan for the layout. Photos coming soon. Interested in any comments or suggestions.

    Thanks again, I love this site.


    Last edited: Nov 30, 2008
  2. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    [​IMG] from a fellow Marylander

    Looks like you have a good plan going. I almost wish we had planned first, then got the chickens. We were definately not ready and we're still building.
    I think you have all bases covered. You didn't mention ventilation, though. Don't forget the ventilation.
    All in all, it looks good!!

    You might want to get this moved to the Coop Design section. More people would see it and respond!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2008
  3. Hals7

    Hals7 Hatching

    Oct 12, 2008
  4. Chicken Salad

    Chicken Salad Songster

    Nov 6, 2008
    Frederick, Maryland
    Hey Fellow Marylander - welcome from Frederick-ville.

    Cool digs for some lucky cluckers!
  5. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Wow, NICE!.. I like that door-in-a-door for accessing feed. Thats a great idea! And nice that you can walk in and clean it so easily. Those chickens will be lucky!
  6. cdeans

    cdeans Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    Elkton, MD
    Hello neighbors, I am from Cecil County. Anyways I love the design and good luck!

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