Chicken House / May 29, 2018 / Maryellen
Protection. You need to keep your chickens safe from all sorts of predators such as foxes coyotes hawks raccoons and rats just to name a few. The structure should be strong and no part of it should be able to be pushed over by a person. That is just the way I rate the strength of my coops...Could I push it over? If no then it is strong enough. There should be no way for rats or foxes to get into your chicken coop to kill your chickens. make sure the fencing goes all the way to the ground. You should also put the wire fencing down under the ground for about 1 foot out from the wire fence. This means when a fox digs at a fence they will simply hit the wire mesh and will eventually give up or try something else. Use mesh that raccoons cant get their arms through. I recommend using 1/2 inch square wire mesh for all the wire mesh fencing on the chicken coop. This will keep your chickens safe and it also looks quite attractive. Remember foxes are quite wily so check over your chicken coop plans to make sure they are predator proof.
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.
Now the advantages of a portable coop building are many although those benefits previously listed above can be already included in a good number of standard chicken coops. Now with a movable chicken coop you also have further advantages that you dont get with normal chicken coops. Some of the designs are intended to get moved around daily whereas the larger styles are generally moved a little less regularly. Therefore your flock may have plentiful garden-fresh grass often. At the time when you make a more traditional coop construction you will be stuck with the coop location immaterial of whether or not it is actually the perfect option. Using a chicken coop tractor you can move it to a different location whenever you require room for something else. This really is a fitting option for keeping your flock for chicken keepers which have nearby neighbors that may or may not be exceedingly happy with the choice of exactly where the coop is placed.