When we started this project, I had this grand idea about how Joe would write a guest post and share the details of our new coop. Halfway through it, I found myself giggling. Joe and I operate on different wave lengths. I need a hard plan. Blue prints. Every detail down to the quarter inch figured out. Joe needs a picture in his head and someone like me to count how many 2x4x12 boards he needs. He can count the boards mind you, he just likes to keep my monkey of a brain busy. We make a good team. Which is something we're really just now able to do on a regular basis with the youngest of the house being seven. It used to be I chase the little ones and he builds. Now we build together. It's been pretty great to collaborate on this level.
So while I can't offer you detailed a tidy blue print for a backyard coop, I can tell you the basics.
We roughly sketched the coop plan with this photo in mind and the rest is total S+J improv. The foot print is 6x12 feet. 72 square feet. If your chickens are staying inside their coop, they should have 10 square feet per bird, so it's perfect for our flock of seven. The front is 8 feet tall & the back is 6. We used clear roofing and faced the front south to get as much sun as possible. I'll share details on wire and nest box tomorrow with more pictures......