Tell me the top 3 things your coop/run couldn't do without!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kira782, May 20, 2011.

  1. kira782

    kira782 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado
    I'm so excited, we're getting 4 chicks (1 buff orpington, 1 barred plymouth rock, 1 jersey giant, 1 columbian wyandotte) at the end of June! My husband and his architect buddy are taking their job of building a coop very seriously! I'm wondering what are your top 3 favorite features of your coop/run? Include pics if you have them!
  2. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2011
    Near Seattle
    my top three features are: 1.) easy to clean, 2.) external eggbox and 3.) storage built in. Oh, and it had to be nice looking. So far I've got what I wanted, though easy to clean remains to be seen.
  3. Shikens!

    Shikens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Vents, Roof, Door.
  4. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2010
    Egg boxes external, easy to clean(mesh floor so droppings fall through), and movable.
  5. Captain Carrot

    Captain Carrot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2011
    I'm really lucky that I have 2 HUGE sheds which where already built when I bought my house. The one I use for the chickens is about 360 square feet, so for me the space is fantastic.

    I recently gave them a kitchen table with some roosts attached to the top. I have some plastic poop boards that sit on the table top. Since the poop boards it's cut my cleaning time, and the amount of bedding I use drastically. I used to clean them out every two weeks or so, it took me an hour or so. I also used about three bales of straw each time. Now I clean the boards every other day, and sprinkle a little shavings on them. I've not had to clean the coop out since the boards where put in, about 5 weeks or so.

    And lastly it's secure. I've not had any problems with night time predators for the two years that they've been in there.

    1 space
    2 poop boards
    3 secure
  6. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    1. Power.

    2. Auto coop door.

    3. Covered run.
  7. KaneMoa

    KaneMoa Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    Auto feeders
    Auto waterers
    External egg box
  8. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    The first three things that I could not do without is security, security and security. Unless you build the coop and run as predator proof as you can all of the other conveniences will be for nothing. Having said that I think that it is very important to have a large access point for cleaning.

  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    1) LARGE size in relation to number of chickens in it

    2) good ventilation

    3) popdoor located 12" or so above the level of the bedding, so no bedding gets kicked out into runs. (Except for the runs that use preexisting dog-run doors, which are flush with floor, which lose bedding like crazy)

    But actually I like Capvin's answer best -- reasonable predatorproofness is pretty much the biggest thing, cuz otherwise there are no chickens TO house [​IMG]

  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    My favorite features and the features I couldn't do without are different, so I included both.

    Top 3 favorites -

    1. Covered run, so I don't have to shovel snow, just so they can get out of the coop in the morning.
    2. Automatic pop door.
    3. Electricity, for brooding in the coop, lights and keeping the water thawed in the winter.

    Top 3 features I couldn't live without -

    1. Secure construction methods and materials.
    2. Spacing that's generous.
    3. Ventilation that's generous and seasonally adjustable.

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