We turned my daughters tree house/swing/slide/sandpit area into a chicken coop in March 2012.
I love the idea of free range chickens, and ours spend most of the week
doing so; but I wanted something that would be snake & rat proof when
closed up for the night. Also big enough & safe to leave them for a few days if need be.
We mostly used recycled timber & tin roofing, thanks to a neighbour who was do a reno a few years ago...I knew we would find a use for it! The girls have an indoor dirt bath, but so far the haven't needed to use it, as we haven't had rain for months. It will be used in the wet season, I am sure!
We have two barnevelders, three pekins & one silky, who seem to be
pretty happy with the end result. It 'only' took a week of putting them on the
roost at night (instead of the floor!) before they decided that they could do
it themselves! Thank goodness!
We have been still tweaking it here & there, but I think we have