We have 14 chickens and 3 ducks in a large 2 compartment coop with 2 chicken houses.
This coop is too small for more than 6 chickens at night
Our wood pieces keep breaking;
The roof slats on the nesting boxes
The wooden blocks that hold up the perches
The coop should be:
Higher for the chickens to go under the coop
Lower so they can’t go under to avoid being caught.
Flatter roofs that open and stay tilted up would be convenient for holding things to be worked on like a slanted table top.
The second nesting box is unnecessary.
Overall dimensions of 4’ x 6’ would be more useable and fit in a pickup.
A 4’ x 8’ ‘tractor’ run that clips on would be great!
Assembly should be done with glue to prevent the wood from breaking
Our favorite chicken house is 5’ x 8’ with 4 nesting boxes.
It is made from a full sized pickup bed with concrete blocks underneath on 4 corners and a slight slant out the tailgate.
It is covered with an insulated camper shell roof with sliding windows. The shell tilts open sideways or from the rear tailgate window.
Cardboard box sheets make a perfect non slip floor covering.
4 Roosting bars are 5’ long and go the width of the bed.
It is easy to empty, spray clean and sterilize.
It easily accommodates 8-40 chickens on the roosts alone!
We very much prefer it!
When we replace this chicken house, it will be 4’x6’ with a 4 section nest box and have a full tilting flat roof that can be used as a work table for filling containers or working in the coop area on projects.
Simpler is better!
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