chicken coop /rabbits
O.K. this is my first chicken coop. Heres what is planned. 12 x 12 floor / under roof with 12 x 8 used for chickens and 12 x 4 for rabbits. Chickens would have a main entrance for people with a small storage closet and another door on the right hand wall. This second door leads to the rabbits but more on that in a moment. On the wall oppisite the main entrance would be roosting poles and on the left hand wall buckets laid on sides on a shelf for nesting. Small 'doggie doors' would be in at floor level on the walls holding the roosts and nesting boxes. These doggie doors would lead to external fenced in runs.
Now the rabbits. Still under roof but with no exterior walls I would have two sets of rabbit hutches. Thats when you walk through the side door leading to the rabbits you would walk between two rows of raised hutches. I'd guess an area 4 foot long would hold 2 2 foot hutches so therefore I'd have 4 total hutches.
Flooring for the whole thing would be 3/4 exterior plywood wood on 2x6 treated lumber. Walls 2x4 with 2x4 rafters. White painted metal roofing to match the main house. I have a couple old Alumium metal handcrank type windows that I'll use for the chicken coop. Figure to put screening with hardwire on the inside to provide venting when open and light at all times.
External runs will be chicken wire enclosed. With two or three total runs.
I'llput straw down inside on the coops floor and within the nesting buckets.
I think 3-5 hens would provide plenty enough eggs for the wife and myself.
I know I'll need to build a brooder for the chicks I get from the feed and seed this spring.
Hmmm something to hold water and grit and food for the interior would be good. Water for outside in the runs too I'd guess.
Maybe a heating bulb for the grown hens?
Oh and Ithink I should make a hatch way by using a screened door with enclosing walls in front of the doors leading to the coop. This way when I open the doors to the coop there will still be a closed door behind me. No loose chickens.
Anything I've missed ;o) Tips??
Thanks Mike in Ms.