Video Transcription - Reasons to use plans for chicken coop for 6 hens
REASONS TO USE MY DESIGN
This chicken coop is ideal for a small back yard because it is only 8ft long and 2ft 8ins wide. If you set it up as in this picture, the overall height is only 6ft and can be hidden from your neighbours by a 6ft fence.
It is also economical. One sheet of plywood exactly covers the whole of one side, including base framing. If you follow the plans carefully, all the plywood pieces can be cut out of exactly 5 1/2 sheets of plywood.
The large double doors at the back make it very easy to clean without having to go inside. The floor is a single sheet of plywood so there are no groves where the dirt could collect.
Both the roosts and the perch are attached with double-headed nails dropped into holes, making them easy to remove for cleaning.
I have had problems with both rats and raccoons in the past, so the design of this coop has incorporated very strong wire netting, or hardware cloth, under the floor and also underneath the ceiling of the coop.
I found that the rats used to get in between the rafters, so this coop has what I call a lid which seals the coop on top, and the actual roof with the rafters then only has to keep out the rain.
As a result you can choose whatever style of roof suits your own needs. The original roof is a peaked roof, but my daughter has chosen to put a long sloping roof over hers so the chickens have somewhere to go out of the rain.
The large window lets children watch the chickens from outside, while giving the coop plenty of air in the summer. In the winter, I cover the netting up with clear plastic sheeting or plexiglas, leaving a small gap at the top for ventillation during the day.
The nesting box has a sloped roof design to keep the chickens off it. It is dark, cosy and you keep it off the ground, which is what the chickens like for a nest.
The plans for the feed box, oyster shell box and nesting box are included if you want to use them.
The use of inside space has been maximized. The nesting box fits along one of the end walls, and the feed box and oyster shell box could be tucked away underneath it if you want.
The roosts are off the ground. The water can be put just inside the double doors for easy access to clean it out, but keep it away from the feed.
The height above ground can easily be adjusted. The original plans have just one block underneath, but my daughter, Sophie, has made hers 2 blocks high.
When the coop is 2 blocks (or 16 inches) off the ground, the hens are able to hang out underneath during their lunch-time siesta.
Sophie is collecting the day's eggs through the little egg-door on the end of the Chicken House. She can also reach the nesting box through this door when it comes time to clean it out. The little bar that you can see there is just propped up with straw and lifts out quite easily.
These plans include photos and layouts for every step of the building project to make them easy to follow even for a beginner.
Jenny's plans for the coop in this video are available at jennyshobbyfarm.com/books