Chicken Hutch / June 4, 2018 / Maryellen
Using a ramp connect the second floor roost to the first floor play and exercise area. Having a large chicken coop also helps your hens get a bit more exercise. This is going to be especially helpful in the winter months when they need to keep their body temperature up. And speaking of winter months dont forget that having a large coop also means that youll have to get extra insulation during the cold season. And its not just your chickens you will also reap the benefits from the extra space that a large coop provides. Cleaning for example will be much easier. You can just take a shovel and scoop out all the dirt in the run without always having your face two inches away from chicken poop. This is also good news for those that have back or knee problems because they wouldnt have to crouch down every time they clean the coop. Also if in the future you would like to turn your hobby into a small business having a large chicken coop will make expansion easier. Just make a note of the rules in your city (or apartment building) as to how many chickens is an individual allowed to keep.
Make sure that your coop is large enough to allow your birds to live in comfort as happy birds will lay more regularly be more rewarding and easier to maintain. Some chicken coop plans will also incorporate a nesting area to the outside of the coop where eggs will be easily collected. We are all becoming more environmentally aware and any effort to use your own existing space to better effect can only be beneficial for all. Self-sufficiency is one of the many reasons that people quote for beginning their chicken rearing adventure. If you already have chickens but you need a new coop then easy DIY chicken coop plans can help you save money by building rather than buying. Try to find a set of designs which have been drafted by an experienced hand in chicken rearing as they will impart their years of knowledge into the designs and that can only be great for your chickens.
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.