Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen.
If youre interested in rearing chicken to meet the white meat and egg demand of your home you only need to raise a relative small number of hens and you can choose from a few easy types of chicken coops to build to get the job done. If you are going to do a small business and want to rear chickens for commercial purpose you will definitely need a large chicken coop and a different set of chicken hutch plans. Always build chicken coops by following chicken hutch plans that are available in the marketplace or one thats designed by you according to your own requirements. If you have large chicken coops to build you should make long-term planning decisions and be ready to allocate a somewhat larger budget for this purpose. It is important to follow the building plans exactly or you will find that you have gone way over budget and have a chicken hutch that isnt suitable for raising chickens.
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.
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.
There are quite a few advantages to having a free range chicken coop which I will discuss throughout this article. However I would like to highlight on the importance of using a set of chicken coop plans to guide you throughout the process of building a free range coop. After all it all comes down to planning when it comes to any sort of woodworking or construction. I personally prefer the free range approach to having a coop and in fact that is my current set up for the coop I have at home. The free range coop allows them to roam freely without any sense of confinement ensuring that their mental and emotional health is great. I was sure to build a wide gate because the added width makes it easier to herd the chickens at night or in the morning to keep them safe. This is a crucial consideration because chickens tend to be quite inconsiderate to one another and will push and shove each other when being herded into the coop so be sure to give them sufficient room to move in and out of the coop. A good rule I like to use is that every 10 chickens should be allotted approximately 5 feet of clearance. I recommend keeping a good set of chicken coop plans at hand to make sure you dont miss out on any important factors.