Chick Days are here and I have been getting bombarded with request for the plans for my coop. I'm sorry to say that I do not have a set of plans. Our coop was based off of a coop I found online called Chez Poulet. We purchased those plans and then made changes as we built. My coop is twice as wide, a little longer and taller. With all of these request I have been thinking about what I would have changed if I had the opportunity to build my coop again and what I love about my coop.
I had wished I would have installed a droppings board in the coop. I did eventually install one but after a few months removed it. I did find the droppings board kept the bedding cleaner and the bedding lasted longer. The daily cleaning became difficult while I was on business trips. Some of flock started roosting on the board instead of the roost leading them to get covered in droppings from the hens they were roosting behind. Finally standing outside in the pouring down rain with the wind blowing the doors shut on me was the final straw and the board was removed. I have seen other coops that are set up differently than mine that the dropping boards seem to function very well.