Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
As the tragedy happened he went ahead with purchasing a set of plans and has since built brand new properly fenced and secured chicken coop. As you are starting it is wise to address the size of your backyard and the portion of it that is allocated to the chickens. Deciding on the number of chickens and the coop size is an important initial step. There is an option that maximizes use of tiny backyard spaces by building the coop and the run in a way that places sleeping area on the upper level whilst the chicken run is placed on the grounds underneath enabling the chickens to have regular access to the outdoors. Professional building plans cater for urban chicken keeper by providing suitable designs for small backyards amongst its vast selection.
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.