Chicken Hutch / June 7, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
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.
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.