open front house in cool climates

windyflat

In the Brooder
9 Years
Oct 26, 2010
38
8
24
Upstate NY
Anyone here have an open front coop?
They wouldn't be the best choice for shamos, bantam modern games or any delicate breed but IMO any heritage fowl would be well suited to this style of housing

Mine is similar to this one but its 8'x16'

John S Martin of white wyandotte fame had quite a few of these houses for many years and grew top quality birds by the thousands.

 
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JackE

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 26, 2010
2,327
757
301
North Eastern Md.
Here's mine. It has proved to be a good design for me, more so for my chickens.
Jack

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JackE

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 26, 2010
2,327
757
301
North Eastern Md.
Very Nice Jack!
Did you come up with the design on your own?
No, I got the design from an old book, 'Fresh air poultry houses' by Prince T. Woods, printed in the early 1900s, that I got from Amazon. The book had basic plans in it for the coop. It also has other open air designs in it. Plus a lot of good general info on chickens.
Jack
 

windyflat

In the Brooder
9 Years
Oct 26, 2010
38
8
24
Upstate NY
I have the same book plus the newer reprinted edition.
I did the same thing you did except I have an expanded metal floor in the front 8' section with trays underneath.
Solid floor in the rear 8' section with a wood pellet/shaving bedding that seems to stay very dry.
Very impressed with mine so far..
Even in harsh weather the birds seem to really do well.
 

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