Chicken Hutch / June 9, 2018 / Maryellen
Basically a large chicken coop in an urban environment means a coop that you can walk upright into just as you would in an elevator. In fact you can take the size of a typical elevator as your guide in the initial design process of your chicken coop. On the wall facing the door you can place your elevated roost and nest box. You can raise it up to your chest level and extend it up to the roof of the coop. But if you have more than three chickens consider keeping this section at least three - four feet off the ground. Remember that chickens need a lot of space when roosting. Stacking them up too close to each other can result to them pecking at each other. Another benefit of this elevated design is that your chickens are off the floor and away from predators like rats or raccoons.
The amount of room that different breeds of chickens require may vary. Thus you should do a little research but the general rule is that each chicken should have at least 2 to 3 square feet of space for themselves. Say you have 40 chickens meaning that theyll need about 80 to 120 square feet in total. If possible always choose a plan that has more room rather than less. An 11 by 11 frame would be nice or even a 12 by 12. Although they might not be able to communicate it to you they do enjoy the extra running room. Again a bit of research will help lots. As temperatures change within the different seasons you need to be sure that your chickens dont get too hot or cold. A thermometer is always a good idea. Due to the needs of your chickens you will probably need to get some heating pads or lamps with the colder weather and cooling vents in the summer. This is all to maintain the ideal temperature even with the weather changes.
Nevertheless restricted space is fine with fattening chicken. In fact it can live with other chicken as well. On the other hand chicken that is for game purposes such as roosters need to have a special chicken coop. In this case game fowl must live in a single coop that was made just for this particular animal. Second primary materials that are available should also be considered especially if you are on tight budget. It would be a great saver if you already know beforehand the available resources at hand than knowing about it after buying the materials. The result is: excess materials. Thus identify first those materials you already have such as nails a piece of wood and more. Now it comes the most exciting part in making plan: brainstorming on the coop styles. Unlimited numbers of styles are acceptable during brainstorming. However as you sort it out you should be careful in choosing the preferred coop style. It does not need to be complex. In fact it must be simple.