I would like to share a problem I have been having for the last two weeks and the solution we came up with.
And this Dolly. She is a cranky old Nigerien Dwarf that goes and does whatever she wants.
Judge and Dolly took over our chicken coop. Judge was there for the eggs (an issue for another post, perhaps) and Dolly was there for the chicken food. Between two, the chickens completely abandoned the coop. Started laying eggs all over the place and began to sleep out in the rain.
The opening was not huge to begin with, we made it smaller, thinking that would stop them, it now measures about 8″ x 10″, but they just took their time and wedged in. A couple of times I had to let them out because they couldn’t go out the way they came.
So we created a… well, I don’t know what you would call it, but a hallway the chickens have to go down before they can enter the house. The theory being that the dog and the goat wouldn’t be unable to turn in that small of space to get into the coop. And it worked! Believe me, they tried.
The birds have no problems getting, except for my 15-pound drake, but he manages and doesn’t complain too much. I think the hens even like the extra privacy.
It’s made completely out of (like most or projects) scraps we have on hand.