Chicken Hutch / June 6, 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.
Moveable chicken coops are like chicken coops on wheels. Literally. Though not so popular amongst the hardcore chicken breeders of the world which tend to build chicken coops of a large scale for hundreds of poultry and heavy egg layers the moveable chicken coop was an invention my father created after a major storm with hurricane like winds hit our small town. After the storm knocked down some of our coconut trees and demolished most of our plants and livestock my father needed to move the chicken coop to other parts of the yard in order to clean up the mess. Since it was an almost impossible task to actually lift up the coop with all its weight and relocate it elsewhere my father came up with the genius idea of installing wheels to the bottom of the chicken coop so that it would be easily rolled to any destination in our yard. This idea was such a success in our everyday chicken raising lifestyle that from that moment on every chicken coop we ever built was a moveable chicken coop.
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.