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Coop Features

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I based the specific footprint dimensions of our chicken coop on the size of the crates that I acquired from the day-job. We built the roost on one side and nest boxes on the other.

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We want to have chickens specifically for the benefit of their penchant for eating flies and ticks, but we won’t turn down the added benefit of collecting eggs they produce. Toward that end, on the side of the coop where we installed the nest boxes, we built an access door for collecting eggs from the outside.

dscn5473eTo keep the chickens from perching over the nest boxes, we installed a slanted board above them, which resulted in dead space beneath it. Putting in an additional door turned that space into convenient storage potential.

Expanding on the access theme, we also put in a small access door on the back wall to facilitate frequent removal of the poop board beneath the roosting bars. Having the removable board will allow us to scrape manure to add to our compost piles and reduce the cleaning burden on the sand we plan to use for the rest of the coop floor.

dscn5479eWe made the chicken door to slide sideways for opening. When closed, a rod fits in the groove to prevent the door from sliding, providing added security overnight.

The coop receives plenty of light through the translucent roof panels and three windows. That will provide necessary inspiration for egg laying.

There is no ceiling in the coop, simply a barrier of hardware cloth between the walls and the roof, so the entire top is ventilated. When we’ve been working in the warm sunshine, the inside has remained noticeably cool.

I may need to add something of a temporary barrier on the outside edges of the roof in the winter in case blowing snow becomes a problem. We’ll see when the time comes. Maybe it won’t blow at all.

While working on the coop Saturday, the wind was blowing hard enough by the house that one of our rocking chairs blew over. I could hear the gusts rustling the dry brown leaves still hanging on the branches of the big oak tree. However, there was no wind at all while I was beside the coop.

We picked a spot for the coop that is nicely protected from the elements, a little downhill from the house, nestled at the edge of a wooded spot beside the back pasture.

That location may just be the best feature of all.

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Written by johnwhays

November 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. Beautiful and inspired.i want to come over for egg salad sandwiches!

    Jane

    November 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

    • You’re on! I’ll let you know when there’s eggs. 🙂 …And they will be served on Cyndie’s homemade bread, of course.

      johnwhays

      November 14, 2016 at 11:06 am


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