Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
Just like anybody raising flocks is one of those fun money-raising activities you can have in your backyard. Even if you are living in the city or have a small yard you can raise flocks successfully and it all depends on the type of chicken coop houses. Depending on the number of chicken a mobile chicken coop has become one of the preferred coop houses by many poultry raiser. Mobile chicken coop is a portable coop that lets you change its position for the benefits of your chicken. Perhaps you may want to transfer the coop into shade during sunny days or you want to keep it in another house during rainy days. So here are some guidelines in making a mobile chicken coop. First it must have a wheel. Of course it is easier to transfer the coop to new location if it has a wheel. Another option is to make a rod or an extended handle on the side but you will be dealing with its weight if it does not have a wheel. Best advice is to use four wheels one on each corner. Also pick one that is durable enough for outdoor location. Second make it as light as possible.
As most people will tell you a chicken coop is just four walls and a roof. But thank goodness theres no law saying that you cant let you crazy chicken coop ideas run wild on those four walls and roof right? If you want to take on a fun project to start the year designing or renovating your chicken coop around a particular theme is a great option. To get you started here are a few themes you can get inspiration from: If you cant afford to have that log cabin retreat by the lake dont hesitate to give it to your chickens. To give their chicken coop a rustic home feel incorporate a lot of design elements that define this style in the coop. For starters you can turn twigs into door handles. Take ones that are slightly curved or raised in the middle so that theres space for your fingers. You can also take larger branches and turn them into perches for your hens roost. Just make sure that the size of the branches are adequate for your chickens feet to grip firmly.
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.