Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
If youre raising chickens in the city then youre probably thinking that owning a large chicken coop is already out of the question. Space after all is one of the biggest limitation of urban chicken owners when it comes to building their chicken coop. So they usually make the mistake of designing their coop around the available space rather than their chickens needs. The result? Big city chickens living in cramped chicken coops. Of course the definition of what "large" is is very subjective especially in the context of the-countryside-hills-over-yonder standards versus the beyond crowded city standards. To put things into perspective lets just say that a large chicken coop in the countryside is a decent-sized apartment downtown. While a large chicken coop in the city is the walk-in closet in that decent-sized apartment downtown.
For those who want to breed chicken choosing the right chicken coop design is not an easy task since there are so many designs available on the internet. There are in fact all sorts coop designs available out there; some are costly while others are affordable some seem to be ideal while others are just ineffective. Thus whether you want to choose a coop design for your chickens or design a coop on your ownthese are the things you should look for. When looking for a good chicken coop plan you should make sure the ones you are considering are easy to clean. One of the reasons behind the failure of certain coop blueprints is that they tend to be really difficult to clean. Coop designs that can be easily cleaned and maintained are definitely worth buying. To ensure proper and runoff you should make sure that the floor of the coop is sloped downwards you should avoid going for coop designs where the door opens outwards.
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.