Tyler Ludens wrote:I personally recommend the paddock shift system. I have currently one small mobile coop in a paddock system, and one larger stationary two-sided (duplex) coop which I hope to redesign with paddocks. I also have a small stationary coop for quarantine type activities including setting, and a semi-mobile "Chick Hut" for raising chicks. (last two coops are not currently in use)
Travis Johnson wrote:I live in Maine where it gets cold so I have a permanent chicken/duck coop. We like it as the ducks and chickens naturally let themselves in at night as they free-range during the day in the summer months, we just have to go close the door to keep out any predators (not that we have ever had any though). Ours is insulated and heated for the winter months, has a double-door system all on springs so that we can keep their grain separate from the coop, yet if the kids get eggs, with springs to shut the doors, the chickens have no way of getting out. We have lights in there naturally, geothermal heat, and even a shelf for our empty egg cartons. It is nothing special looking, but has served us well.
Rick English wrote:Did you get to read, raising chickens 2.0 by Paul Wheaton:
Lots of pics on this thread:
Chicken Coop/Tractor/Paddock/runs Picture Round up!!
I kinda like this idea:
Finally, a mobile chicken coop one person can (easily) move.
Travis Johnson wrote:if the kids get eggs, with springs to shut the doors, the chickens have no way of getting out.
Sarah Milcetic wrote:I have two coops that are the same design. I really love it! Like another poster mentioned, one of my favorite things is that it's elevated. There is a run about 3.5 or 4 feet high under the coop, the nesting boxes can be accessed from outside and it also has a garden box over part of the run, which is handy for keeping food and water cleaner.
I am planning to build a large covered run and coop/greenhouse. All the coops will open into the run for predator protection while we are away and then the run will have 5 doors. One for daily access and four will each lead to a different paddock so we can rotate them weekly.
There's a photo and link to our coop on this thread (the first post) https://permies.com/mobile/t/62171/critters/automatic-opener-work-coop-ramp
Edited to add: I got the coop/greenhouse idea from the book "Free Range Chicken Gardens" there are not plans per se but I'm hoping to make up plans and semi-wing it.