Chicken Hutch / June 5, 2018 / Maryellen
If youre raising chickens in the city then youre probably thinking that owning a large chicken coop is already out of the question. Space after all is one of the biggest limitation of urban chicken owners when it comes to building their chicken coop. So they usually make the mistake of designing their coop around the available space rather than their chickens needs. The result? Big city chickens living in cramped chicken coops. Of course the definition of what "large" is is very subjective especially in the context of the-countryside-hills-over-yonder standards versus the beyond crowded city standards. To put things into perspective lets just say that a large chicken coop in the countryside is a decent-sized apartment downtown. While a large chicken coop in the city is the walk-in closet in that decent-sized apartment downtown.
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.
Just like anybody raising flocks is one of those fun money-raising activities you can have in your backyard. Even if you are living in the city or have a small yard you can raise flocks successfully and it all depends on the type of chicken coop houses. Depending on the number of chicken a mobile chicken coop has become one of the preferred coop houses by many poultry raiser. Mobile chicken coop is a portable coop that lets you change its position for the benefits of your chicken. Perhaps you may want to transfer the coop into shade during sunny days or you want to keep it in another house during rainy days. So here are some guidelines in making a mobile chicken coop. First it must have a wheel. Of course it is easier to transfer the coop to new location if it has a wheel. Another option is to make a rod or an extended handle on the side but you will be dealing with its weight if it does not have a wheel. Best advice is to use four wheels one on each corner. Also pick one that is durable enough for outdoor location. Second make it as light as possible.