We’ve had lots of excitement here. This past week, we’ve been working with our friends over at Briggs Landscaping to help prepare the area for the new chicken coop. We decided to place the new coop in the same area as the old one. So, we moved the girls and their existing coop and run to an area on the driveway. We brought in fill and lots of it! We were working on a slope.
So, as I am sure many of you have searched and searched for the perfect coop for your girls. I did too! I spent months searching and deciding whether I should order plans, concoct one from various designs to build or just order something.
Initially, I ordered a small coop from http://www.mypetchicken.com/. However, it was soon apparent that it was rapidly being out grown. I also found that I had to replace the cheaply made hardware if I was going to protect the chickens from any predators. This first coop is now used as a nursery as well as a place to quarantine anyone who doesn’t feel well or is injured from the rest of the flock.
It took me about 3 months of intensive searching to find ultimately what I believe to be the perfect chicken coop. A man named Dan Cohen from Michigan has a company online called
He makes the coops from scratch with really great sturdy materials. The coop itself is really terrific. It takes only 5 minutes to clean out. The floor inside has industrial grade linoleum that makes even the most caked on doo doo scrape right off! When the eggs come, the handy little door opens to reveal 3 nest boxes. I added the extra windows in the front with plexiglass slide-outs in warm weather and a small plexiglass vent on the side. Dan truly was extremely thoughtful in creating this home for the girls.
The run comes in 3’x 6′ sections. You can order them seperately. I ordered 3 sections to create a 6’x9′ run. Just perfect for 6-8 standard size breeds. All the screening on both the coop and the run are 1/2 inch hardware cloth as well. Often during the middle of a beautiful day, I find the girls lounging in their house. They love it.
The area where we live on Cape Cod is known for predators. We have racoons, foxes, coyotes, fisher cats, oppossum and owls. I purchased additional hardware cloth and dug a 12″ trench around the run. I buried the wire around the entire run and folded the top into the run area as well. I hope this will be enough protection. Time will tell.