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Simple and Convenient Chicken Coop Designs
I have searched, but cannot find any chicken coops that are similar to mine. They are simple, convenient, and they don't take up space (ground-wise). I have two chicken coops with altered designs, but still have the same uniqueness that separates them from all other coops. Keep in mind these are for pet chickens and not so much livestock.
The chicken coop on the right (the picture above and below) is really meant to house one large pet chicken, but I have seen smaller chickens share the same space with the Barred Rock chicken above (or a small one would roost on the perch).
The right coop is the only coop with a latch, but it is for me to check on her. There are no ramps, no latches to prevent predators, and no chicken wire. This is why my chicken coops are unique and practical. Without latches, the birds are free to go in and out whenever they please by flying up to their homes. In the image above, the Barred Rock chicken will fly up on the white table before flying into her home. The little rooster in the left coop sometimes uses the stumps, but I have seen him fly straight up into his home before. His coop can house probably as many as ten chickens of his size (he's a Serama- tiny thing).
The table and stumps are too far away from the coops for racoons and opossums to get to. With this in mind, I need not worry about messing with ramps or closing any doors. The chickens are happy because they don't have to wait for me in order to get out in the morning, and I can be away in the evening and not worry about my chickens. I have had these two for two years (during the warm seasons) and there's never been a problem.
The designs of my chicken coops are the simplest I have found. I have seen a lot of neat, creative homes for chickens, but if you only have a handful and you want to keep it small and simple, this is what you want to build. Mine are drilled into the back of my garage and I had them painted the same color for the sake of attractiveness. It did not take too long to build, although the one on the left needed some manpower in order to lift it up to that height. I used plywood for material. The bottom of the coops are a little over four feet off the ground. Make sure there isn't a way for vermin to climb up to the coops.