Designing and building various types of chicken coops has become something of a hobby of mine. Each design is an experiment, and each one shows flaws that need to be corrected in the next design. Here are the basic criteria that I have developed:
- It must be predator-proof.
- It must be durable and long-lasting. I will gladly sacrifice weight and cost in order to have something that I know will be in service many years from now.
- It must be semi-portable. Two average men should be able to move it if needed. It is not designed to be moved regularly.
- It must be easy to maintain.
- It must hold enough hens to supply eggs for a small family.
- I have settled on a length and width size of 4′ x 6′. This makes good use of standard material sizes and will meet the other criteria.
- Given the choice of a single large coop or several smaller ones, go with several smaller ones. If a predator or disease or other problem affects one coop, it doesn’t wipe out your entire flock.