Designing the perfect chicken coop
Even though our raccoon
problem probably stemmed from lax management, the issue still
started us thinking about designing the perfect chicken coop.
Mark built both of our coops from odds and ends we had lying around,
which means the materials dictated the design. I highly recommend
that method for your first experiments, but after a while you start to
see flaws that could be corrected with a more carefully designed
coop. Here are some of the features I envision in an optimal
Meanwhile, the perfect
coop could use some add-ons outside as well. A storage area for
deep bedding materials would make it much more likely that I'd top off
the bedding every day or two rather than waiting a couple of
weeks. An isolation chamber would come in handy to allow a
troubled hen to keep away from pecking beaks without really being in
solitary confinement (and we could put chickens there the night before
butchering days). I might also like to move food scrap delivery
into an attached compost run, so that any ornery raccoons end up there
instead of inside the coop.
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