Chicken House / June 8, 2018 / Maryellen
Nesting Boxes. If you are keeping chickens for the eggs your coop needs to have at least 1 nesting box for every 5 or 6 female chickens. The nests should be comfortable and dark so your hens feel safe in them. You should put straw or wood shavings in the nest boxes and make the boxes at least 4 inches deep. If the boxes are not deep enough your chickens may fight and pick each others feathers. You should keep the nesting boxes clean at all times so the eggs remain clean. Hens should be trained not to sleep in the nesting boxes because if they do they will soil the area with their droppings. You should not have a problem with hens sleeping in the nesting boxes f you have given your chickens adequate perching space. If you find some stubborn hens that do want to sleep in the nests close them off at night.
Building a chicken coop gives you complete flexibility which allows you to customise key elements to suit yours and your chickens needs. Ultimately you would want to source your designs from a reputable source but there are certain factors that will still need to be taken into consideration. Try and think of aesthetics in regard to your chicken house location after all you do not want to upset any neighbours if you have any by having an unpleasant looking or wrongly located coop that could possibly devalue property or put off potential buyers etc. Keep your coops appeal by maintaining its surrounding borders so it blends into the landscape and not stands out why not think of a nice colour scheme for the roof etc where possible.
If you want to start a backyard chicken farm chicken coop kits are a great way to start if you are not comfortable in building your own coop from scratch. There are a lot of kits available in the market depending on size style color or designs. Therefore starting your own backyard chicken farm is as easy as the hen laying its eggs. Most chicken coop kits come with complete set of wood cut into specs all the hardware needed as well as a set of plans. Some would even add a paintbrush if the owner would like to paint his coop to make it look more attractive. It is always advisable to fully check the kit to ensure that it is complete. If there is a missing part or if the kit is defective then be sure to return it. Make sure that any chicken coop kits you bought have the highest quality materials otherwise it might fall down easily and kill your chickens.