Chicken House / June 7, 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.
Ventilation. Chickens sweat. Sounds strange but it is true. Your chicken coop needs ventilation to keep your chickens cool in the warmer months and to allow the chickens perspiration to evaporate and escape the chicken coop. You should make sure your chicken coop plans include ventilation in the form of vents in walls or small windows but you also dont want it to be too drafty. You need a nice balance. One way to achieve this is to have the vents on the side of the chicken building that DOES NOT face the wind. This is typically the east or the south. This will also allow fresh oxygen rich air to flow into the hen house and the stale air and moisture to escape. Chickens can handle the cold but not the wet so it is vital to the health of your chickens that the moisture can escape.
Placing Styrofoam sheets inside the coop specifically between ceilings and walls will offer required insulation causing you to take care of chickens properly. Should you have a modest property building chicken coops could be much more complex. If this is the case you may only be allowed to home a total of two chickens. In modest chicken coops suffocation can effortlessly happen. Be positive to construct your coop fairly close to your house. This makes it less complicated for you to look after them. Chickens can withstand cold temperatures. Nevertheless theyre fairly vulnerable to drafts. Thus it really is essential to provide ventilation in a way that minimizes drafts. The secret here is to control the general air flow patterns within the chicken home. In the course of winter time the only open vents are those that are usually located in or near the roof. This is above where the chickens reside.