I think this is the year. We’ve been wanting chickens for about 3 years or so but keep putting it off for various reasons. But this might be the year. Maybe. I’ve at least looked at some coops and picked a style I like for the space we have. We only want 3 or 4 chickens so the ladies will be very happy. Whenever we get around to constructing the coop anyway. And we really should take advantage of the pre-foliage weeks ahead to finish installing the mini fence in the shrubs between our yard and the neighbor’s – to cut down on chicken escapes into their um.. typically full of tiny debris yard. Which means we need to come up with a reinforced fencing since the one spot we tested out proved not to be toddler proof when the neighbor’s visiting family member smooshed it down to plow into our yard. *sigh*
Anyway, coop ideas. I like all of the super cute coops I’ve seen, but I think this simple A frame with an attached fenced in “yard” is the best option for ease of cleaning access without making something so big we have to get it passed by the Architectural Review Board around here. Because if we make something we can walk into we have to do that, which means we’ll have to make something that looks like our brick and tudor style 1925 house because that’s the matchy-matchy look they prefer.
I started figuring out the actual interior space of the coop to see how it might lay out and what kind of access we might want to have, etc. This is what I came up with:
We’re planning to put this where the turtle habitat was since that is no longer extant. I believe it’s about 6 feet by 4 feet but it might be larger. I figured the coop itself only needs to be about 3 feet by 4 feet and we could expand a foot into the yard for the outdoor roost on the end – because it’s a feature I kind of love and really want to have. I just like the idea of the little fluffballs being able to be under a roof in the fresh air on the roost in the event of rain or intense sun – because this thing is in the full sun.
I also thought that putting a small section of corrugated plastic sheeting along the top would provide a nice amount of ventilation in at night and sunlight in the winter when they are less likely to want to come out in the snowy run.
I thought it might be neat to reuse a drawer or two for the roosts, so we could pull them out to get the eggs versus trying to work in a flip up panel like I have in the above drawing. I’m somehow sure we’d be able to find this on a treelawn, or maybe Chris could just make one if he’d prefer. I dunno.
I’m going to give the drawings to Chris and see what he has to say. Do you already have chickens? What are your thoughts on my ideas? Even if you don’t, feedback is always good before some oversight happens.