Hatched a plan to make a smaller coop for the silkies. Coop I is cavernously too spacious for them and they don’t like the big drop from the perch to the floor, a scary 6”(!).
So I scaled everything down and reproduced the coop in a 3 x 4’ model, which will be plenty for a silkie flock of a dozen, should they ever get it together to reproduce. Eggs would be a good start.
Some small changes – I made the nest boxes on the high side instead of the low, over the ramp, which is the whole length of the box to create a very friendly low slope and also make it easier to latch. I hope smaller boxes with smaller openings that the rooster may not even fit in, higher than the perching area, will be cozier and more appealing to the tiny hens. The roof will hinge on the low side this time so access is over the boxes for that dreamed-of egg collection.
I added a chicken-spying window so we can peek in at them without lifting the lid.
I retrofit one on the original coop too.
H.W. loves it. “Hey in there! Whatcha doing? Roosting? That’s right, I see you!”