My Husband finished our new coop this weekend. It's constructed mainly from Jarrah, the roof is made from colorbond. These are both hardy materials to withstand the hot Australian summer. The frame is made from steel, for strength and durability. I designed the coop to keep the chickens cool in summer and protected in winter. The peak roof allows the heat to rise and escape, keeping my hens cool on those 36-40 degrees (96.8 -104 Fahrenheit) summer days, that we get here in Perth.
We plan to install a misting system before summer starts to spray a mist of water over the hens when it gets too hot.
It has a door than opens into the nesting area to make it easier for us to clean.
We have 3 Hyline hens in it at present and will add a few more when we know which of our hatched chicks are hens. We think 6 hens would be an ideal number for us and I think at least 3 of the chicks are hens. Only one of my gold laced Wyandottes is a hen and still unsure about the double laced Barnevelders