Congratulations to Maria Beason for winning first place in the Poultry Housing Photo Contest, with her photo of “The Chicken Mansion.” She won a $100 Murray McMurray Hatchery gift certificate.
Size and Description of the Chicken Coop
Maria’s husband, who is also a homebuilder, designed and built this impressive chicken coop. It has two floors. The bottom floor is nearly 400 square feet and is partitioned into a number or separate pens and chicken runs. The Beasons keep a number of different breeds of chickens, include bantams, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Red Stars, Black Australorps, White Rocks, and Cornish X Rocks, each within a separate pen in the large chicken house. All of Maria’s chickens were ordered from Murray McMurray Hatchery.
The Upper Floor
The upper floor contains brooders, hatching equipment, and a sink.
The Chicken Mansion is well insulated, and with a small electric heater, Maria can keep the temperature inside the coop at or above 50° F throughout the winter, which helps the hens to lay well during winter.
Inside the coop, Maria uses automatic water bowls. These together with feeders provide enough water and food for the chickens to go 3-4 days between refills.
Other Photos of The Coop
Click any of the photos in the gallery below to see a larger view.
Other Winners in the Coop Contest
To see the other winners in the coop contest, visit the link below