Chicken Hutch / June 1, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
Choose materials that are light yet sturdy enough to withstand the changing weather. Changing weather can further damage the materials such as wood bamboo and screen as well. But considering its portability pick only light materials to avoid dealing with its weight. You can use an aluminum or plastic screen to lessen the amount of wood. Moreover it is necessary to improve circulation of fresh air inside the coop. Next the size of a mobile chicken coop varies on the number and age of chicken. Usually small coop are desirable for three to four chicken but can accommodate larger number of chicks. Similarly large coop can accommodate ten to fifteen chickens. It is important to consider the space to let chicken move freely. Another thing it must contain some features to meet the basic needs of chicken. Generally it must have at least a nesting box keeper of food supply to protect from rats and also chicken ramp.
How many chickens will inhabit the coop? What size are the chickens large standards or bantams? How many nests will you provide the hens with? How many feeders and waterers will you have available? How many windows will your chicken coop require to give enough sunlight to your flock? Will you be constructing a chicken run with easy access into and out of the coop? You see there are various questions that need to be answered before you build a backyard chicken coop because you may find out too late that the coop you built was not sufficient enough to keep your chickens happy and safe. Once you have answered all your pre-building questions the next step is to choose a terrain where you will build a backyard chicken coop in. It is very important that you choose an area that is wide enough for your coop to fit with plenty of space around it for a chicken run or for you to maneuver around. You do not want to build a coop where you do not have easy access around its perimeter. Try to choose a terrain where it receives direct sunlight and far from heavy bushes or weeds where snakes rodents and other predators may reside in.