Good job John but won't there be any shelves for nesting? Didn't Sheepdog suggest a rooster weather vane? If you went with the rooster weather vane you could pipe in the cockadoodledoo. Just a suggestion.
I was talking to a guy that I work with that used to raise 200-300 laying hens all the time. He said that chickens that can come and go out of a coop will share a nesting box fine. He said that he was set up for one nesting box to 10 hens. He also said that a milk crate about six incehes off the floor and half filled with straw works well, so that's what I tried. I'm only planning having a few chickens to start with so one nesting box is plenty.
Where's the drain...I'm glad I ain't gonna have to clean it out....and you ain't lined it in tin foil yet...the powers that be will be able to broadcast to them...ain't no tellin'...they could lay armadillo eggs........
Chickens don't sleep in the nesting box. See in the middle photo the rod that runs from corner to corner. That's a roosting bar for them to sleep on. They all jump up on that and sleep next to each other. I was told 6" of roost for every bird.
Sheepdog...don't worry. I put a layer under the tar paper. My egg fortune is SAFE!
To keep it clean you put straw in the bottom of the coop and rake it out every couple of days and replace it with new. This cuts down on the build up. Also every once in a while you spray the inside out with a hose.
I might have to order them through Murry McMurry and get them as chicks. I hope not, as this is more work, and it takes a few months for the hens to start laying. I'm trying to talk a guy that I work with that has a some laying hens to sell me some. Also there is a large commercial chicken farm near me that sells "past prime" hens. Hens that are over 2 years old don't lay quite as frequently as "prime" hens.