Proposed Coop LayOut - Comments/Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by littlefork, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. littlefork

    littlefork Songster

    Jan 24, 2010

    We are going to start building our walk in coop this summer. Since it will be close to the garden and we are in need of some more storage there, we decided to make the coop big enough for storage for the garden stuff and with an area for storage for the coop.

    I like the idea of collecting eggs from inside and having a clean dry place to store feed, my coop shoes, etc.

    We plan on putting several vents covered in hardware cloth that we will be able to close up if needed in cold weather. The winds blow from the West most of the time and there is a stand of large pine trees on the west side that will shade the coop and the run in the summer.

    The roof will be a shed type and have a ridge vent the entire length. I'm hoping that having the roosts in between the two storage areas will keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer and avoid any drafts.

    We have gotten some real good deals on windows at a building supply place close to us. All the windows are double pane and we got them for $30.

    Since I've never had chickens before I'd like your comments, suggestions, etc. Please note the yard is not drawn to scale.
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Welcome to you!!
    Your coop plans look great! It would be cool if you could add coop dimensions too to it. Like you, I enjoy going inside to collect eggs; it gives me the chance to do casual inspections, plus I don't have to stand there in the rain or Your coop looks as if it will be very well organized [​IMG]
  3. littlefork

    littlefork Songster

    Jan 24, 2010
    Sorry, the coop will be 12'x12' with the garden storage area and the coop storage area each 4'x8. We hope to house 12 hens. Thanks.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    @ 80 sq. ft. for your birds will be great!! So do your windows open??
  5. owler

    owler In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2010
    Northen NJ
    You might want to move the hinge on the inner coop people door to the opposite side. The way it is in the plans it will be difficult to get around the door to access the coop.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014


    If you put your garden in on the side where you have storage, put another pophole in that wall under the window. You could allow access to that garden area after the season to let your birds take care of any bugs, leftovers, ect.

    In addition, you could rotate your garden from one fenced in area to the other every year.

    ETA-- check this out

    I'm thinking of doing this with my Seabright coop next year.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
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  7. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    I love your coop design!!!!! Only thing I would wonder about is the wire floor under the roosts. Wouldn't the poop just pile up? We really like the droppings board under a roost. Very easy to clean.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  8. littlefork

    littlefork Songster

    Jan 24, 2010
    Hey everybody, thanks for all the great ideas and suggestions.

    To answer some of the questions - all the windows will open and will be covered in hardware cloth, we live in a very rural area and have lots of critters that will try to get into the girls. I do have one window that will not open its one of those long skinny windows that goes over the top of two doors, its about 8" high and about 54" long, that one is going on the yard side of the coop at "chicken eye level" so the girls can see out when they are stuck inside in bad weather.

    Thats a great idea about changing the swing on the people door into the coop I didn't think about having to step inside then close the door in order to walk the rest of the way in. I'm changing it on our building plans right now before I forget, thanks. I was also thinking about making that door in two pieces so the top could be opened, and the bottom left closed so if we wanted to throw in some treats or just check out the girls we wouldn't need to open the whole door.

    I would love to have the coop in the middle of the garden and alternate the run every year but we have limited space where we need to put the coop. Our garden is too big to completely cover and we have lots of hawks, etc. the chickens would never make it if we let them free range. Our neighbors got chickens when they first moved in years ago, the rooster sounded really nice in the morning, but they let them free range and within two weeks, no more chickens! One of the main reasons I'm pushing to get the girls is for the fertiziler for the garden. I am toying around with the idea of putting a pop door on one side so that we can move the girls into moveable tractor(s) and take them out to the garden for the day when we are working out there.

    The manure pit (I knew I didn't explain it well, sorry), the floor of the pit is the wooden floor of the shed and the roosts are like a step ladder up the walls, the roosts will attach to the walls, not sure how yet but want to be able to take them out easily to clean them, under the roosts will be closed off with wire attached to the walls so the chickens can't get under it and get into the poop pit, also the access doors to clean it out can be opened anytime and no worrys about the girls escaping. I'm not sure how often we will need to clean out that area, every day, once a week, experience and my nose will have to be the guide. I was thinking about putting down a mat of some kind on the floor, perhaps a stall mat, truck liner or even a tarp that we can drag out and hose off, let dry and then replace, to make cleaning out the poop pit easier. Maybe have two so that we can alternate and let it air out and dry real well between cleanings. Any ideas?

    Can't wait to get started on this, we are waiting for my son to finish his summer college classes so he can help, so soon I hope.

    Thanks for all the great ideas!!! Keep em coming.

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