Chicken Hutch / June 1, 2018 / Maryellen
Rearing and looking after chickens is a cheap way to ensure a steady supply of fresh eggs without the expense of supermarket rates for a boxed dozen. The only major capital outlay is the space and cost of the chicken coop to house the birds safely and securely. Commercial chicken coops are commonly available online or in pet stores and garden centres but the cost can be kept to a minimum if you can build your own or know someone who has the skills to help you. All that you really need to accomplish this task is a decent set of chicken coop plans. In a nutshell your chicken coop plans should give you clear instructions on exactly how to complete the project easily. You will best accomplish your task if the plans are laid out step by step and with large well labelled diagrams to follow along.
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.
Just like anybody raising flocks is one of those fun money-raising activities you can have in your backyard. Even if you are living in the city or have a small yard you can raise flocks successfully and it all depends on the type of chicken coop houses. Depending on the number of chicken a mobile chicken coop has become one of the preferred coop houses by many poultry raiser. Mobile chicken coop is a portable coop that lets you change its position for the benefits of your chicken. Perhaps you may want to transfer the coop into shade during sunny days or you want to keep it in another house during rainy days. So here are some guidelines in making a mobile chicken coop. First it must have a wheel. Of course it is easier to transfer the coop to new location if it has a wheel. Another option is to make a rod or an extended handle on the side but you will be dealing with its weight if it does not have a wheel. Best advice is to use four wheels one on each corner. Also pick one that is durable enough for outdoor location. Second make it as light as possible.