Recently my husband and I ordered a custom built chicken coop for our backyard. Babysitting our two Goldendoodles every time they had to go outside was getting old. The chickens needed a place to be that is safe! We also wanted a coop big enough to handle more chickens. When we ordered the coop, we had 5 hens. We are egg lovers and they just aren't producing enough for our family of 5. Since then we have added 5 chicks and we can't wait until they grow into their egg laying role.
We found the perfect place in our backyard for the new coop to be built. We worked with a company called Green Chicken Coop to custom build our new coop to fit our precise space. They were incredibly helpful and willing to do what we needed to make it work.
The day came when it was finally delivered to our house. It was shipped on two pallets, in many pieces, with precise instructions on how to put it together. My husband spent one weekend building it and now the chickens have a safe place to live.
It is quite an upgrade from what they had. These chickens have no idea how spoiled they are. I still let them out once a day, in the afternoon, to enjoy the yard. They eat bugs, stretch their wings, and bask in the sun. The reason I let them out in the afternoon is because they will put themselves to bed at dusk. Have you ever tried to corral chickens into their coop? It isn't easy. Even with TREATS!
We have 6 nest boxes now! The added space will come in handy when the new chicks start laying!
Of course, I am still finding all of the eggs in ONE nest box. Old habits die hard I guess.
I love the interior screen doors in the hen house. In the summer it will be necessary for these doors to remain open. Without these, the dogs would have easy access to the chickens and their eggs!
The little door into the hen house can be locked. I choose to leave it open so that they are free to go out into the run. If I had a predator concern, I would definitely lock this up each night. There is plenty of roosting space, too!
This coop can accommodate up to 15 hens. When I first put the hens in this new coop, I found all of them huddled in nest boxes. None were roosting. Now, only one prefers to sleep in a nest box. The others are enjoying the roosting space they have!
The new run has enough space for them to wander around and be chickens. I came across this chicken swing and I had to have it! The videos of chickens swinging were fantastic. If my hens were going to be locked up most of the day, I thought the might like something fun to do! So far I haven't seen any of my hens use it. They will someday. I am sure of it!
Our new coop is perfect. The hens seem happy. They are safe and comfortable. The dogs pace back and forth and spend most of their time trying to figure out how to get to them. Want to hear the funny part? The day after my husband completed building the coop we put an offer on a new house.
Now you can look forward to a post all about how we move 10 chickens to a new home. I may have to include video because the idea of 10 chickens in a car sounds kind of interesting.
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