Chicken Hutch / June 2, 2018 / Maryellen
It is vital that you select the right kind of materials that will not be toxic to your chickens and will provide the coop with structural rigidity. It is also important that you can easily replace them in the event of damage from the weather or just simply wear and tear. Build for your respective climate to ensure your chickens are well insulated from either the cold or excessive heat. You also dont want to have your wood rotting so treat your lumber to keep your coop standing. Many plans tend to overlook the importance of ventilation and for that reason I urge you to plan accordingly and make sure you read the reviews on the plans you are going to use. Ventilation serves an important role in keeping the coops air circulating well and keeps out any excess moisture or ammonia build up from the flocks feces. Sufficient ventilation should be accounted for because if you decide to overlook that aspect you will begin to notice a direct effect on your chickens health.
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.
This is the best option if you are just beginning to start raising chicken. Most of the time breeders start with a small number of chickens and eventually it grows from there. Most of the time they would want to test the water first before embarking into it for good. A portable coop is a good option because you can easily remove it if you dont want to continue raising chickens. It is also quite easy to build and will not cost much. There are design plans included in the set. You can also find designs in the Internet for a more customized coop for your chickens. Portable coops do not require too much space and they are light enough to be transferred from one place to another. The owner can move it to a higher place if he wants to protect his chickens from wet grounds or even put it out on the ground if he wants the chickens to catch a bit of sunlight.