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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Manure Wrangler, Jan 12, 2017.
Oh My, that looks rather crowded......
.....proving that 4sqft per bird in coop(hen house) is a bare minimum when roosts and feed/water takes up part of that space.
I don't see much ventilation either.
Does the chicken door close and lock?.....because chicken wire is not predator proof.
Nice big run tho at 6'T12W'x24'L.
So glad it was a fun project for the whole family. Ingenious use of the slide! Please don't be discouraged by the following suggestions, you coop looks very well built but I think it has some big design flaws.
I would suggest upgrading the chicken wire as soon as you can. From the beautiful backdrop in your pic it looks like you are in an area that is home to predators that could bust through it quite easily. Unfortunately, burying the wire was wasted effort. Coons, possums, and dogs won't need to dig in when they can easily tear through. You'll also want to put a latch on your nestbox lid.
What is the spacing on your ladder roost? The "rungs" look quite close together. If not adequately spaced with enough height and depth between rungs the chickens won't fit well. This will cause squabbling over space during roosting time or even make the birds not use the roost. If they don't use it then it's needlessly taking up valuable square footage in what already looks like what could be tight quarters.
I agree with the other poster that the coop is lacking adequate ventilation. I'd install some windows you can open wide for light and cross ventilation during summer and some adjustable vents along the entire front at the roofline as high above the birds heads as you can or you will experience humidity issues and inevitable health problems with your birds.
ETA:If you stick with the chicken wire, definitely install a pop door that can be securely latched shut. And if the birds are already cramming themselves on the top roost, it would probably be better to just install a single longer roost.
I think it is amazing, l do not go be this but the bar minimum is 2feet per bird and l am sure the ventilation will be fine
If I could make 3 suggestions:
1. I'd coat that coop floor in linoleum/cheap peal and stick vinyl tile so you can clean it out easier. I bet if you asked around someone has a remnant they'd give you.
2. A couple cheap vents above the nesting boxes.These are $4 each and would do the trick. - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Construc...el-Reversible-Foundation-Vent-TW146/202092771
3. You'll want to either install hardware cloth to replace the chicken wire or a pop door so you can close the chickens in at night to keep them safe. I'd recommend just adding a pop door.
That way, they are safe at night, get some ventilation when it gets hotter, moisture doesn't build up, and you're going to be able to clean the whole thing out a lot easier.