Chicken House / June 4, 2018 / Maryellen.
Natural light is the best answer here so be sure and have the coops window facing south where it will get most light and natural warmth especially in the winter months. There are also some chicken keepers that have installed electric lighting in the apex of the coops roof as this will keep the chickens laying eggs throughout the year there are a variation of lights that can be used depending on the size and type of coop that you are building. This is more of a tip than anything else but it can save you a lot of frustration. Chickens tend to knock everything with their feet this includes food and feeders. An ideal solution to save having a constant mess on the coop floor is to raise the feeders and waterers to the height of the chickens shoulder this way they can only get their heads in the feeders and not their feet as well.
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.
When selecting chicken coop plans to build from you really need to consider more than just the look/aesthetics of the chicken coop designs. Sure its important to have a nice looking chicken coop that fits your overall backyard design but there are some other very important things that need to be incorporated into whatever plans you choose. Space. There is a certain amount of space that your chickens need to be healthy and happy. You must allocate 4 square feet of floor space per chicken. Therefore a flock of 20 chickens should be enjoying an 80 square foot chicken coop. Do not skimp on space. In fact it is better to allocate more space if anything. If your chicken coop becomes overcrowded your chickens quality of life becomes reduced and can cause feather picking and in extreme cases can even cause cannibalism. This is obviously an outcome you want to avoid so never overcrowd your coop.
Are you looking to buy a chicken coop but you just cant seem to find what anything that appeals to you? Well then building your own chicken coop will be exactly what you need. There are a couple of things that you have to consider before building a chicken house. How much are you willing to spend on materials and other items? Where do you get plans? What type of design are you searching for? Even when you feel that you have found a beautiful design for your coops exterior you will still need to focus on building a steady and durable one. First and most important of all you will need to adjust the size of your coop to accommodate your backyard. You will have to consider various factors such as the number of chickens you want to rear total amount of space you have in your yard and the size of chicken coop that you want to build.
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.