Small coops: What does the inside look like?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sunshine Flock, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Crowing

    Sep 27, 2017
    Northern California
    I converted an old shed to a chicken coop. The interior is about 33 square feet, and I have five hens and a rooster. I've only done the bare bones basics for them in there and am trying to figure out how to optimize the space.

    Do you have a small chicken coop? Would you mind sharing some photos?

    Poop boards, boy did I try to go without. But in a small coop it's just not a wise use of space. So I'm going to install pooper boards under the roosts. This will allow me to put food and water stations under the board on the right side of the coop, and the nesting boxes underneath the roosts on the left side.

    But I feel like there's more I can do, and yet I'm drawing a blank. I'd love some inspiration by way of photos, folks! Thanks!!
  2. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

    Aug 30, 2017
    Poplar Bluff, MO
    My Coop
    Got a photo of your coop?

    I have 20 sq ft but that is only for roosting at night.


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  3. John Silva

    John Silva Chirping

    Jan 5, 2018
    I have been looking though out the forum at photos for inspiration and i have so much my head hurts :D Good luck :)
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  4. TwinsLoveChicks

    TwinsLoveChicks Songster

    Mar 10, 2016
    At the coop
    My Coop
    Here is the inside of my 5'x4' coop. It is raised, and has no poop boards, but I hope this helps! A pic of your set-up would be great.
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  5. Welshies

    Welshies Crowing

    May 8, 2016
    Alberta, Canada
    I'll get a picture of mine when I build this spring. It'll be meant for quail!
  6. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Crowing

    Sep 27, 2017
    Northern California
    I have to say, as much as I love leaves and pine needles in the coop, it really darkens the interior. Pine shavings really brighten things up. When I get the second window on the east side put in, that'll help. I might also add a large framed photo of myself and the husband, something dorky with goofball grins to remind them who their mama and papa is and cheer them up on dark rainy days.

    I'm not kidding. I'd love to do that!!!

    So once I get the new roosts in today, I'm going to start looking up and see what I can put up higher for them. Some kind of ramp system they can do a little hop up to for more interesting places to hang out during rainstorms. There's one area that's below the ventilation vents (don't think I need both of those words, eh).

    Anyhoo, I do intend to post photos, I'm not just not so good at making that happen. No Smart Phone! And my camera is pink and got drop kicked in a road and isn't faring too well these days; probably mostly because it's pink.
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  7. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

    Jul 13, 2016
    Southeast, MA
    My Coop
    Here is a picture of our coop. It is 4' x 8'. 20171210_104135 (2).jpg You can see the nest boxes. And on the very lower left you can see the rabbit feeder we use for grit and oyster shell. I can't imagine going without poop boards. They get scooped every three days or so. The floor of the coop remains dry and relatively poop free.
  8. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois

    Great idea on the posters inside. It will cheer up your chickens. I also know chickens like music. Maybe this poster on another wall would remind them of good music.

  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I love it, this idea gets all of my bonus points for the day!!!

  10. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Crowing

    Sep 27, 2017
    Northern California
    That thing will terrorize them. It looks like the trade tool of a chicken henchman!!!!!!!

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