When you build a chicken coop… What the heck goes inside, wall to wall carpeting and a TV? Probable not!!!
So lets see what the basics are. They need some place to sleep…they need somewhere to lay those great tasting eggs. They need food and water and for that carpet why don’t we use wood chips. They really are easier to clean. They also need light. So either have some windows or a light on a timer.
Lets start with the bed which is called a roost. Their natural instincts are to sleep on a branch or something off the ground. So install some 2×2′s horizontal to the floor and about 18″ to 24″ high is perfect. Make sure they are a soft wood and don’t use metal or plastic as it is hard for the chickens to get a good grip on. Really doesn’t get any easier than that.
OK now to the nesting boxes. This is where the chickens lay their eggs. Yum! Yum! These need to be off the floor but below the height of the roosts. If they are higher the chickens will sleep there and the eggs will be kinda messy. You can build these out of wood but something I did was use 5 gallon plastic buckets with the lid cut in half or a little less than half.
It is a great idea if you can cut out most of the back and have a door to reach through from the out side to gather the eggs. The great feature of the plastic buckets is that when needed you can wash the with soap and water. “That’s what I’m talking about!”
For the automatic feeder and waterier I would just buy them at a local feed store. Yes you can save money if you DIY however this is a good time to just buy them if you can afford to. Again the feeder needs to be off the floor and I suggest that you hang it with a wire at he height that they can easily get to their feed. Her’s to the good old days…