Chicken Hutch / June 6, 2018 / Maryellen.
Im sure by now youve bought a batch of baby chickens from your local pet store or expo center and brought them into your home with joy and excitement. Everyday youve fed them and played with them and enjoyed just watching them chirp and make a mess of themselves. For weeks youve sat there and watched them grow but now youve realized that they are just too big to have inside your house in those empty milk cartons or fish aquariums that you were using to keep them in. Youve figured it is time to build a chicken coop and I couldnt agree more. You have a mesmerizingly fully landscaped backyard in which youve poured in every last drop of sweat to grow and maintain and the last thing you want to do now is destroy your lawn by permanently building a chicken coop that will tarnish the aesthetics of your home and garden. At the same time your small flock of chickens are growing and becoming way too large to keep indoors and since youve become quite attached to the little chicks by now it would be much too painful to give them away. Well the answer to your problems is quite simple...what you need is a Moveable Chicken Coop.
When attempting to build a backyard chicken coop do not go at it with a concept in your head. This can lead to disaster. Make sure you sketch out your coop on paper even if youre not an artist and cover every angle including a top view of the roof and a sketch of the inside. If this is your first time building a backyard chicken coop you shouldnt go for an architectural masterpiece but rather start out with a simple chicken coop first just big enough for your flock and as you gain experience then go for something of a greater scale. Before you build a backyard chicken coop make an effort to collect all the materials you will need so that you wont have to take unexpected trips to and from the hardware or lumber store. A good example of materials you will need are: wood (2 x 4) concrete cinder blocks chicken wire or fence wire insulation strips and ofcourse nails screws saw and hammer. While these are your most common materials only you
Atmosphere flow is definitely a vital section in developing this type of coop. Proper air-flow is place on your mind right before you develop the coop. It is wisely developed in order for stagnant oxygen to flow out often allowing room for clean air. The product you choose may even without delay threaten the fresh air quality so take care in what you opt for. Those are the simple factors anytime constructing a backyard chicken coop. Nonetheless lights can also be critical factor as well as the overall look of the chicken house. Some of these however depend mainly on product selections and appearance. For chickens as long as they are clean and have steady foods enough space dry and having very good ventilation their contented. You have the very best experience if you complete a project like developing your own backyard chicken coop. Actually I see undertakings like these incredibly worthwhile and from my encounter having your chickens properly put in place will make looking right after them an entire lot extra gratifying. Im certain for when you asked the hens theyd agree!
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.
The amount of room that different breeds of chickens require may vary. Thus you should do a little research but the general rule is that each chicken should have at least 2 to 3 square feet of space for themselves. Say you have 40 chickens meaning that theyll need about 80 to 120 square feet in total. If possible always choose a plan that has more room rather than less. An 11 by 11 frame would be nice or even a 12 by 12. Although they might not be able to communicate it to you they do enjoy the extra running room. Again a bit of research will help lots. As temperatures change within the different seasons you need to be sure that your chickens dont get too hot or cold. A thermometer is always a good idea. Due to the needs of your chickens you will probably need to get some heating pads or lamps with the colder weather and cooling vents in the summer. This is all to maintain the ideal temperature even with the weather changes.