Chicken House / June 8, 2018 / Maryellen
Light. You need light in your chicken coop to stimulate egg laying. Particularly if you want your hens to lay eggs all year round. As a rule of thumb you should have 1 light every 40 feet inside you chicken building. If you are just building a small chicken coop it will be sufficient to have a single light above the watering/feeding section. As a bonus the light(s) will also be a source of heat for your chickens in the colder months. Perches. Your chickens have a natural instinct to perch so you must provide them with appropriate perches otherwise they will perch on nesting boxes feeders and anything else around the coop. This would then lead to these important areas getting covered in droppings which is certainly undesirable. It is as simple as using broom handles for your perches. Again it is important that your chickens have adequate space on the perches so as a rule of thumb allow 8 inches of perch space per chicken. To make it easy to keep the chicken coop clean slip some trays under the perches so the droppings land directly in them you can then pull the trays out to clean them.
There is an advantage of the large chicken coops to fit the chickens. You might have got some chickens when you begin raising the chickens. But after some days you might even think of raising the number of chickens if your business does well. At this point of time you will surely need a large area. It is better to purchase a larger coop in the beginning so that you do not face any problems later. The decision of purchasing a large coop will save your money in the future. You will not have to purchase another large coop just because you already have one. But if you have a small chicken coop and you wish to increase the number of chickens you will need to purchase the larger coop. Investing on a large coop will be always a good investment. Due to the economic downturn many people have taken the decision of raising chickens. Therefore the chicken coops to fit the chickens are very much in demand these days. Other than this the larger chicken coops are also great for the chickens. The living conditions of the chickens are better in the larger coops. The larger coops will help your chicken to live longer. Some of the larger chicken coops to fit the chickens are a bit complicated. You can add some extra features in the larger coops like shelves wooden ramps and so on. The ramps will make it easier for the chickens to move in and out of the chicken coops.
Ventilation. Chickens sweat. Sounds strange but it is true. Your chicken coop needs ventilation to keep your chickens cool in the warmer months and to allow the chickens perspiration to evaporate and escape the chicken coop. You should make sure your chicken coop plans include ventilation in the form of vents in walls or small windows but you also dont want it to be too drafty. You need a nice balance. One way to achieve this is to have the vents on the side of the chicken building that DOES NOT face the wind. This is typically the east or the south. This will also allow fresh oxygen rich air to flow into the hen house and the stale air and moisture to escape. Chickens can handle the cold but not the wet so it is vital to the health of your chickens that the moisture can escape.