Coop de Ville is my first poultry operation, but I studied lots of different plans for my cool coop. The floor is a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood raised a foot above the ground. The interior features a roost, two sets of shuttered windows (one would have been enough), three nesting boxes (with room for more), an outside egg door, a sweep-out door, a heat lamp on a timer, and a light-activated chicken door.
All used bedding and waste is composted.
The soil here is mostly sand, and the chickens love it. The run is very large, but I had an existing roof to work with. Both feed and rainwater dispensers hang from the ceiling beams. A chicken door leads into a fenced-in yard with wildflowers, garden boxes and an anthill.
Right now, we have three Buckeye and two Silkie hens, and theyâ€™re very happy and productive. This spring, I plan to expand my flock!Â Â
â€” Erich Decker-Hoppen, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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