I want to fix up the chicken coop. So, I thought I would give you a tour and tell you the improvements I envision and why. Maybe you can lend some suggestions. If you like, I’ll even share your photos or sketches here, whether it’s an existing chicken coop or one you dream about.
Vision: Dress up the facade.
Reason: Not necessary, I know, but I just can’t help dreaming about an attractive hen-house.
Vision: A small running pen to the right of the coop.
Reason: When I buy chicks, I keep them inside the coop until they are old enough to go into the existing running pen during the daytime. In the mornings I have to: 1) lock the older hens out of the running pen, 2) shoo the chicks out of the coop into the running pen, 3) secure the hatch between the two quarters so they can’t go back into the coop, 4) open the coop door so the adult chickens have access to the nesting boxes, 5) rotate the different feeders and water jugs, 6) repeat these steps in reverse before sunset.
A second running pen is also a plus for when I need to keep a chicken separate from the flock because it is ill and being attacked by other hens.
Vision: Enclose the running pen with small-gauged galvanized wire.
Reason: Keep birds from entering through the existing chicken wire and eating the chicken feed.
Vision: Okay, this is where I get a little crazy. I would like the interior coop walls and ceiling painted or covered in a smooth veneer wood or some type of smooth finish. There would also be a need for a hatch door and steps to the running pen I wish to add to the right of the coop.
Reason: Smooth walls make for easier cleaning.
Vision: Add a small closet between the coop and the new running pen for shovel, broom, rake, shaving bag, and a few other necessities.
Reason: Sometimes, the hens get into the shaving bag, knock over tools, and of course there’s occasional poop that drops on something I need to handle.
This rounds up my hatching out a plan–a future project. Suggestions are welcome.
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