I did exactly the same. Works great and bone dryThey don't have to hinge top. The ones I built in my first coop hinged down and the roof was fixed and water tight.
In the first coop I built external nest boxes were the only practical solution for easy egg retrieval as the coop was not walk in style. Another reason is for asthetics.
How can it be "bad design?" Or coop "too small?" My coop holds 20 healthy happy birds. Its easy to clean through the main entry door. I can replace food, water, and retrieve eggs without ever stepping foot inside and it has been tested against bears, raccoons, foxes, and bobcats without a single predator entry. My box doors open down allowing for protection from rain and snow and even a place to rest food and water containers while refilling. So where is the "bad design?"Bandaid 'advantage'?
Just 'bad' design, to ameliorate the already bad design of too small coops.
Yep, it's just my opinion based on the many 'failures' I've seen here.But if it is a fully functioning system without issue, calling it a bad design is nothing more than a difference of opinion.
No offense taken and I hope none was given (by me). I have kept chickens for only 3 yrs (built the coop when i started). We are in a unique situation. My wife is a vet pathologist and her colleague studies color expressions through genetics. Our birds are part of his studies so we raise the chicks keep the roosters with genes he wants to continue. We harvest our birds several times a year as needed to keep the genes he wants. So we have had as few as 6 and as many as 22 ranging in age from 5mos to 18 mos. On avg probably 14 birds are in there at any given time.Yep, it's just my opinion based on the many 'failures' I've seen here.
You needn't agree, nor take offense(unless you really want to).
ETA: the 'bad' design I was mostly referring to are the typical prefab coops that are copied overandoverandover.
Your design may work fine for you, and it's much different than most external nests.
At least the nests are covered somewhat with the roof overhangs and don't have a hinged tops.
Curious how long you've kept 20 birds in that coop and what your climate is?
Also if a bear has actually tried to get in there.
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