We haven’t posted about the chicken sedan in a while, but progress has been slow. Skipper made it by a couple weeks ago and added the nesting boxes. Then we both started puzzling over how to deal with the hinging lid. The last time I saw him he proposed a perfectly workable solution, so I suppose that’s on the todo list, along with trim, a rough door, interior sheathing, and blocking around the top.
Funny how quickly your opinions change. When we started on this design I thought it was the perfect box for 12 to 15 hens (Robin has 25 on the way), but since then I read Open-Air Poultry Houses for all Climates, a 1912 book on the subject which you can find as a free scan by Google. You can also find a similarly titled 1924 book available as a modern reprint. The basic idea is that people build coops too tight, and that an open-front chicken house will greatly reduce the risks of disease and still provide sufficiently shelter from poor weather. So now I’m not sure if I should put a glass window in our coop, and were I to do it over I would build several smaller more mobile units. But then again, maybe our design is more suited to an integrated chicken-coop / greenhouse, as suggested by Introduction to Permaculture, another book I’m reading. Live and learn, eh?