Chicken House / June 3, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
Are you looking to buy a chicken coop but you just cant seem to find what anything that appeals to you? Well then building your own chicken coop will be exactly what you need. There are a couple of things that you have to consider before building a chicken house. How much are you willing to spend on materials and other items? Where do you get plans? What type of design are you searching for? Even when you feel that you have found a beautiful design for your coops exterior you will still need to focus on building a steady and durable one. First and most important of all you will need to adjust the size of your coop to accommodate your backyard. You will have to consider various factors such as the number of chickens you want to rear total amount of space you have in your yard and the size of chicken coop that you want to build.
When you are building your chickens coop you will want to use only high quality timbers and materials as this will pay dividends further down the road and save you even more money by reducing running repairs and coop maintenance. Try and think of the cleaning aspects and how best to make it easily cleanable either by holes for water to run through or sloping floors etc with water escapes for when you are hosing out. Always try and build your coop on a raised level and not sitting on dirt or grass as this will only add to rotting problems. Also try and get a good amount of sunlight on it as this will keep it nice and dry even after a rain shower so place where it will get plenty of sun. This keeps a certain amount of heat in the coop and helps chickens stay warm throughout the night.