Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
Another great aspect of implementing a free range design is that your chickens are exposed to the atmosphere in the healthiest way possible. This means that ventilation will not be a considerable issue as they will have enough circulation to keep them healthy and breathing easily. As you may have heard before; a chickens egg production is directly related to its health so be sure to ventilate efficiently. I would highly encourage any chicken coop builder to consider building a free rage coop as the benefits are endless given that they take the right precautions. A set of chicken coop plans will help guide you through the entire process and answer your questions on how to build a chicken coop in the simplest and most intuitive manner.
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.
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.