What's the one thing you wish you had included in your coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MaryJanet, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. ChatKath47

    ChatKath47 Chirping

    May 19, 2015
    When setting up my coop I read to have one nest box per every three chickens...well...I have only three girls and have found two trying to get into the nest box at the same time and often if two, or all three, are wanting to lay, one or two will lay her egg in the straw by the roost. It's safe there, just wish I'd have added two nest boxes. I have even had one chicken sitting on the back of another just so they both can lay in the box. Goofy girls!!
  2. I know that home built is better but I am not very handy and I found this on- line which seems to tick most of the boxes. I plan on getting one to put into my fenced off chook area so I can sleep in and the girls are still safe but "outside" .:)

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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    It would help, before buying, if you could actually see one, or at least get more details as far as a materials list. Here most of these are built with very flimsy walls and framing, and any medium sized dog could break in.
    The dimensions given include the screened in 'run', and it's maybe okay for two or three standard birds, maybe.
    It will probably work short term, as long as you don't need to close them in that 'kennel
    It's short! You will be crouching, and standing upright is so much better.
  4. MaryJanet

    MaryJanet Crowing

    I was a bit concerned about the space for chickens too. It's not 3m2 when I think 20m2 is about right for a dozen to live together without turning nasty. It's probably too big, but I'd rather provide too much space than too little.
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  5. kljonesdvm

    kljonesdvm Chirping

    May 17, 2017
    South Kona, Hawaii
    I have a cleanout door that hinges on the floor and flaps out to the run. My coop is elevated, so I can put a wheelbarrow just below the door flap and use a hoe to shove all of the coop bedding right in. It's awesome! By far the best new feature to my new coop. The peel-and-stick-down linoleum flooring makes for really easy cleaning too since the poop doesn't stick well (my coop floor is plywood)
  6. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie Gallus gallus domesticus

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    1. Multiple A/C Outlets.
    2. Sink
    3. First Aid Station (for Gallus gallus domesticus)
  7. Parront

    Parront Free Ranging

    Jul 27, 2017
    Prescott, AZ
    x2 on the sink and first aid! lol
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  8. HopeSprings

    HopeSprings Songster

    Feb 3, 2019
    Weaverville, NC
    I did the same, tho I haven’t cleaned it out yet! And I did vinyl flooring and carried it up the walls!
  9. MaryJanet

    MaryJanet Crowing

    Thanks for your tips everyone, I'm very thankful :)

    The Wish List goes like this.

    Weather constraints: mild winters, hot hot hot summers

    Predator constraints: foxes, hawks, snakes

    Pest constraints: wild birds, mice, rats, possums

    Deep eaves for shade
    Raised roosting and nesting boxes to provide cool shade beneath
    Roosting box enclosed on 3 sides
    Fully enclosed attached run
    Dutch door to run
    Run divided into "rooms" so weeds can grow, new pullets can integrate, sick birds can be put in "hospital"
    Paved apron
    Run roof: half solid, half mesh
    Removable roosting bars
    Easy clean roosting box: I'm thinking of a dropped floor with sides 30cm deep, with an external side open-down-and-out on hinges so litter can be swept out into the wheelbarrow and then into the compost
    Access to roosting bars for midnight capturing
    External access nesting boxes
    Rainwater capture and storage
    Breezeway for hot summer nights
    Big enough for 9-12 chooks to live harmoniously: 20-30m2
    Misting system down the middle of the run
    An automatic drawbridge ramp up to the roost to deter mice and rats from getting to the chooks while they sleep

    I think that's everything... Now I better start saving up :)

    I'm going to keep editing the list as I remember things.
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  10. BReeder!

    BReeder! Crowing

    Mar 12, 2018
    Plainfield, IL
    My Coop
    I also wish I knew of a way to keep the bedding (pine shavings in our case) in the coop. I stacked two 4x4s (making a 7 inch wall we step over) and they still get the bedding over this. It collects against the sliding door and then jams it or prevents it from closing all the way. So we have to scrape the bedding away form the door on the human side all the time. I just don't want to build the wall much taller because my toddler needs to be able to step over as well. I did think of removable slats that could slide in grooves on either side of the door frame, but that seems like more work to go through to access the coop than scraping some shavings with my foot.
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