Show me your interior coop layouts please - need ideas for 6'x8'

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Toddrick, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finally will have the space, and since I'm buying a prebuilt ("Victorian Playhouse") structure I don't have to worry about anything besides what goes in it.

    How should I best uttilize the 6'x8' open area? How high should I go with roosting bars and nesting boxes? Should I add a shelf? Other ideas? A couple requirements:

    1) I need the nesting boxes to be waist height since I cannot squat or bend down to get the eggs.

    2) I want it to be extremely easy to clean out, which is the entire reason for getting a walk-in coop. A simple poop deck of some sort would be ideal.
     
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  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 3 levels in my coop (foot print is 4'x8'). My poop boards are only 3½" from my roost are removable


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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Here's my theory on the 'stack up' aspect to coop design:
    Bottom of pop door is best about 8" above floor so bedding doesn't get dragged out of coop.
    Nice to have bottom of nests about 18" above bedding to allow use of that floor space under them(doesn't count if your nests are mounted on outside of coop).
    Roosts are best about 12" higher than nests so birds won't roost(sleep) in nests and poop in them, if you use poop boards under roosts it will also 'stretch' your floor space.
    Upper venting works best as high as possible above roosts so no strong drafts hit roosts in winter...and hot/moist air and ammonia can rise and exit coop.
     
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