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Building the Chicken Coop Interior

As you can see, there's plenty of room for six large-breed hens. They are social animals, will crowd together on the 2x4 roosts leaving space for more.

The entire side towards the camera was never fastened to the framework, it became a door with hinges on one side and a latch on the other. This easily allows complete access for cleaning.

 Click on the image above for a high-resolution version with more detail. Everything that's inside comes out for cleaning, in this order:

  1. First that ladder, it leans against the nesting box and two bricks against the left wall.
  2. Next lift out the nesting box, it is all one piece. It just rests on top of the 2 X 4 roosts between the wall and some double-headed nails in the 2 X 4s on either side of the ladder. There are a couple of inches of clearance, just enough to lift it up and out.
  3. Next that vertical 2 X 4 piece of wood behind the chick waterer (which normally is not in here for more than a few weeks). This fits between the floor and the nesting box. The weight of the nesting box on this piece of wood prevents the raccoons from coming in by raising the floor. Both the floor and the bottom of the nesting box have small wooden holder strips to keep this brace in place.
  4. Lift the 2 X 4 roosts out of their metal brackets, and the entire inside is now empty.
  5. The floor rests on the bottom frame. It will lift off the framework on the right and slide out of the left corner cleats (narrow strips of wood just above the floor to prevent that side from being lifted.
  6. And, if you need to upend the coop, unhook the gate hooks to the run, turn the coop sideways and hose it out.

We have made one small change since this picture was taken. The new batch of chickens were roosting on the sides of the nesting box so we placed a piece of plywood all the way across its front with smaller holes for entry. We also closed off one of the nesting boxes; even with six hens they prefer to use just one or two of the boxes. Occasionally two girls will even occupy the same box at the same time.

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