I know I talked about chickens a few days ago, there are a few ideas that I wanted to throw out there in regards to the coup. Of course there are many designs out there but mine does have something simple that I haven’t seen other places.
The coup is basically two coups set up like a duplex, each side is a mirror of the other, not that the mirror part matters. When the wire doors in front are shut it is wired everywhere including on top and the wire goes under ground one foot.
Laying boxes are expensive, mine are homemade, the big thing here is that the floor of the boxes is removable either to replace or clean.
Normally the food and water stays outside under an overhang, if it rains a lot the food may get wet, if need be it can go inside. If it is freezing I have electric water heaters for inside. The water containers like shown here need to be out of the rain, as sill as it sounds if rain hits the trough at the bottom it will splash out the water and run out a 7 gallon container in one storm.
The big part of the coup that is nice is the little door inside, it allows the chickens to move back and forth between the sides if I want them to have that option. If new or young chickens are in I can put them on one side and keep them either in the solid part of the coup, when they get bigger I can let them go into the wired part outside, still separate but near the other chickens. When the time comes the door can be opened and they can integrate.
I do wish the coup was deeper, I made it based on a sheet of plywood, 4×8 with easy access to replace the floor. I hope to make it 8×8 on each side eventually.
If you go to build a coup consider what you have to deal with, predators, weather, access, new birds and other factors that may come into play as well, think it through.
Just food for thought, if you are going to have birds there will be times when you have to introduce young birds to the flock, if you don’t have a way to separate them it may be an issue.