Chicken House / June 1, 2018 / Maryellen
A smaller coop is easily constructed as it does not contain a large number of unnecessary amenities. It can sit directly on the ground but more often is mounted slightly raised on cinder blocks keeping it safe from flooding and other moisture that can cause the wood and other materials to rot as well as providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The coop usually has a regular size door for access to clean the coop and let the chickens out. Also a smaller coop will consist of no more than one or two windows with an additional ventilation hole on the roof closed with chicken wire. The roof itself is usually slanted to allow water to run off and away from the coop. A small chicken house will usually have roosts on one side with nesting boxes on the other. The roosts are often elevated and closed by a small door in order to ensure that the chickens are safe during the night. A small coop may or may not include an exercise area however breeders often fence off an area outside the door of the building to allow the chickens to roam freely during the day.
Light. You need light in your chicken coop to stimulate egg laying. Particularly if you want your hens to lay eggs all year round. As a rule of thumb you should have 1 light every 40 feet inside you chicken building. If you are just building a small chicken coop it will be sufficient to have a single light above the watering/feeding section. As a bonus the light(s) will also be a source of heat for your chickens in the colder months. Perches. Your chickens have a natural instinct to perch so you must provide them with appropriate perches otherwise they will perch on nesting boxes feeders and anything else around the coop. This would then lead to these important areas getting covered in droppings which is certainly undesirable. It is as simple as using broom handles for your perches. Again it is important that your chickens have adequate space on the perches so as a rule of thumb allow 8 inches of perch space per chicken. To make it easy to keep the chicken coop clean slip some trays under the perches so the droppings land directly in them you can then pull the trays out to clean them.
A chicken coop tractor design is fantastic for use in the backyard or for all those who are keeping fowls inside a pasture. You will find smaller ones which will provide housing for four or five chickens and considerably larger versions which will house much larger groups of chickens. Those that have the enclosed area on top as well as the free run region beneath are the very best since they provide even more contact with grassy areas. Chicken coops which have been constructed using the enclosed part on one half and the run on the other half provide a restricted amount of room per chicken for running around freely. Many of the transportable coops are still designed with a winch which can easily be lifted and secured conveniently to maneuver the chicken coop. Its crucial that you dont put too many birds inside the coop despite the fact that they have access to the extra room outdoors. The enclosed part of the coop is required to supply the chickens with the necessary space for nesting and security from natural predators. Theyre going to benefit from sufficient room therefore you should observe these recommendations for optimum quantity of chickens for your coop.