I live in Mansfield, Texas, just outside of Fort Worth. I am a full-time realtor and part-time hobby farmer. Two years ago, I found my dream home on 5 acres. When I designed my coop, I knew I wanted it to tie in with my home … So, it had to be functional, and it had to look good!
The wire mesh surrounding the run, screen door and windows is strong enough to withstand most predators that might try to tear through it. An electrical GFCI outlet was installed just outside the enclosed coop in the run, so that a powerful electric fence energizer could be plugged in and an electric wire could run along the bottom outer edge of the entire run.
The unit is livestock-strength, discouraging any predator from ever returning if they get zapped even once. The outlet is also used for an electric heated water feeder during the winter. A small coop was placed in the run for those extremely hot summer Texas nights when the hens prefer to sleep outside and enjoy the night breeze.
A nice house door with glass and two windows were strategically installed to allow the morning sun and the evening sun to shine through for longer daylight hours to encourage egg laying. These windows also help keep the coop warm during the cold winter months, but a solar screen is installed on the east side window to help reduce the heat and can be opened to help with ventilation.
Next, I would like to have insulation installed, covered by solid sheets of plywood and gutters with downspouts leading into rain barrels (to be used for watering the garden boxes nearby).