Our chickens give us eggs, meat, and great entertainment. In return, we want to provide them with the things they need. When it comes to chicken coop designs, the sky is the limit! So don't be afraid to think outside the box or use items you already have.
There are a few things you will need for your coop:
Coop: The indoor area
Run: The outdoor area
Roost/Perch: A place for them to get off the floor
Nests: A place for them lay eggs
Feeder: For their food
Waterer: For their water
Ventilation: For fresh air
Here are just a few options:
The benefit of a tractor style is that it is mobile. If you worry about chickens destroying one area of the yard, or if you want to provide the girls with fresh bugs and grass each day, this would be the coop for you.
The Converted Shed
This is an easy option if you aren't into building something yourself.
A Raised Coop
This coop would be good if you have limited space. The run (outside area) is underneath the coop taking up less real estate.
The benefits of a straw bale coop would be that it has really good insulation, I don't know that I would recommend this type of coop without covering the straw with plaster, see the second strawbale image.
This image is actually a little strawbale cottage, I just wanted to give you an idea of what a finished strawbale structure can look like.
It is my dream to have a beautiful strawbale chicken coop similar to this, but it isn't likely.
What type of coop do you have? What do you like about your coop?