This is the second chicken coop we have used to keep chickens. This coop features several improvements.
- Outside Access To Nest Boxes
- Automatic Chicken Waterer
- Automatic Pop Hole Door
- Light Weight Top Entry
- Easy Access Clean Out Door
In the past, we kept a small flock of bantams. The coop was basically a plywood box that rested on the ground. It was made from scrap 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood. After using this coop, I decided that it left a lot to be desired.
I did a lot of searching for different chicken coop plans and designs. I liked this coop from backyardchickens.com including the run they built in the shade. I finally settled on the ten hen house from the book Poultry House Construction.
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1. Outside Access To Nest Boxes
This will allow collection of the eggs without stooping over. Making this task easy is important because it must be performed at least once a day.
2. Automatic Chicken Waterer
3. Automatic Pop Hole Door
Unfortunately, I have not yet installed the automatic door motor. I plan to install an electric motor that will raise and lower the chicken door using a timer. Update: I completed the automatic chicken door conversion in two phases. Click here to read phase one. Click here to read phase two.
The benefit of the floor is that it prevents unwelcome animals from entering the coop. This keeps predators that would eat the chickens and vermin that would eat the chicken feed out of the coop.
5. Light Weight Top Entry
The top access allows us to feed the chickens easily. It is light weight and easy to open because it is made of half inch plywood. Click here to see details of the rubber membrane used to water proof the seem between the roof panels.
6. Easy Access Clean Out Door
The side door allows the litter to be easily removed. This door also provides access to the automatic chicken waterer.
- Raising chickens in the backyard page.
- Chicken tractor page.
- Automatic Chicken Door Conversion Phase One.
- Automatic Chicken Door Conversion Phase Two.
- Chicken Door Size.
- Make your own chicken perches.
- Build an external chicken nest box.
- See the coop in winter.