Chicken Hutch / June 4, 2018 / Maryellen
This is the best option if you are just beginning to start raising chicken. Most of the time breeders start with a small number of chickens and eventually it grows from there. Most of the time they would want to test the water first before embarking into it for good. A portable coop is a good option because you can easily remove it if you dont want to continue raising chickens. It is also quite easy to build and will not cost much. There are design plans included in the set. You can also find designs in the Internet for a more customized coop for your chickens. Portable coops do not require too much space and they are light enough to be transferred from one place to another. The owner can move it to a higher place if he wants to protect his chickens from wet grounds or even put it out on the ground if he wants the chickens to catch a bit of sunlight.
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.
Choose materials that are light yet sturdy enough to withstand the changing weather. Changing weather can further damage the materials such as wood bamboo and screen as well. But considering its portability pick only light materials to avoid dealing with its weight. You can use an aluminum or plastic screen to lessen the amount of wood. Moreover it is necessary to improve circulation of fresh air inside the coop. Next the size of a mobile chicken coop varies on the number and age of chicken. Usually small coop are desirable for three to four chicken but can accommodate larger number of chicks. Similarly large coop can accommodate ten to fifteen chickens. It is important to consider the space to let chicken move freely. Another thing it must contain some features to meet the basic needs of chicken. Generally it must have at least a nesting box keeper of food supply to protect from rats and also chicken ramp.