Chicken House / May 29, 2018 / Maryellen
Building a chicken coop gives you complete flexibility which allows you to customise key elements to suit yours and your chickens needs. Ultimately you would want to source your designs from a reputable source but there are certain factors that will still need to be taken into consideration. Try and think of aesthetics in regard to your chicken house location after all you do not want to upset any neighbours if you have any by having an unpleasant looking or wrongly located coop that could possibly devalue property or put off potential buyers etc. Keep your coops appeal by maintaining its surrounding borders so it blends into the landscape and not stands out why not think of a nice colour scheme for the roof etc where possible.
You will need to provide insulation if you reside in an area that experience cold or rainy seasons. Also it prevents moisture from entering the coop. Different people have different ways of keeping their coop clean. Some of them prefer to keep their coops elevated by building them on stilts. This prevents predators such as snakes or dogs from invading the coop and eating your precious chickens. One effective way to keep your chicken house clean is by installing perches for the chickens poop. By doing this you can significantly save yourself lots of trouble to clean up the coop because all you have to do is clear the perches. It also prevents bacteria and contamination and most important of all creates a clean and healthy environment for your chickens.
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.