I have three coops now. one heated 20x12 one 20 x30 and one 12x30 the 12 x30 will now be a new 12 x80 and in a T form the short T will be 20x20.I will have breeder pens that go out to a outside run. Now here is a question for you.If you could do things your way and had the time to do it what would you want in your dream coop?What was a gosh I should have that in my coop?My sweet husband David is drawing plans and I want to help. He doesn't do anything with the birds just loves to build things great for me!We are getting bigger and I need more room for the birds I want to bring ideas to the table before we start working on this project. I have to have everything lock down to keep birds and people safe.
For different climate zones there will be different solutions, but my "super-coop", if I ever build it, will have 50 cm concrete at the bottom, which will be filled up. So the coop will be higher than ground level, which will help against any severe rainwater, and also against mice and cockroaches and such. Getting things vermin-free would for me be another high priority...
Using durable materials would be a second priority. You might be scared by the cost, but assuming your chicken hobby is going to last a long time, durable will pay itself back. My current coops are deteriorating faster than I want.
My newest coop cost over 7,000 and it was well worth every penny. David builds for every issue here in Wi. we have sky lights big windows heating drop pit. My Phoenix coop is the smaller one and has dairy white walls from milk house, is heated and floor to ceiling windows. This new coop will be our last. I want every issue of a large coop met now as redoing costs more then doing it right! I never thought I would get bigger but I have.I also find I want to keep the value of the area up with the work we put into the coop.You can see one of the coops at weatherwood.textamerica.com/ page 3 and 4 has a front view. We need to keep it nice as the people who come here will see the birds and the gardens.