I have a terrible habit of never buying anything I can make - and I can make a lot of stuff!
Over the years I've made lots of chicken coops (never bought one) and gradually refined the design on every new build, but each time there's always something else I'd change on the next one!
Here's my latest design for laying hens
|Large coop for 8-10 birds|
|Front pop hole (still need to build he ramp to get to it)|
I clad the coop in feather edge boarding as it was so much cheaper than shiplap. Also I think this will be easier to clean as with shiplap red mites and other nasties can hide in the tongue and groove where you can't get to them. With the roof I use bitumen sheeting as I've had problems with bugs getting between ply and felt when I've used that (I think this stuff works out cheaper anyway)
|House raised off the floor|
I now always like to make the coops 18" off the ground. This means rats and mice can't hide under it and also being that high it gives the chickens somewhere to shelter out of the rain.
|Large door for easy cleaning|
To make cleaning easy I made the whole front open so there's no excuse for a dirty coop!
|Good ventilation is important (it's not a pill box)|
|Large nest box with a good slope to discourage chickens jumping on it|
How do you build your chicken houses? And what would you change on yours/mine? Normally I always think I should have built it bigger!
We should be getting the chickens this week so I'll soon see what they think to it.