Chicken House / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
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.
Natural light is the best answer here so be sure and have the coops window facing south where it will get most light and natural warmth especially in the winter months. There are also some chicken keepers that have installed electric lighting in the apex of the coops roof as this will keep the chickens laying eggs throughout the year there are a variation of lights that can be used depending on the size and type of coop that you are building. This is more of a tip than anything else but it can save you a lot of frustration. Chickens tend to knock everything with their feet this includes food and feeders. An ideal solution to save having a constant mess on the coop floor is to raise the feeders and waterers to the height of the chickens shoulder this way they can only get their heads in the feeders and not their feet as well.
The type of wood used is also important. Make sure that the chicken coop wood will not easily rot or easily be eaten by termites. Find a good chicken coop material that can withstand the heat the rain even the cold weather. Also find a good wood that has been treated to prevent termites or prevent it from rotting. Use necessary precautions in protecting your chicken against predators such as dogs raccoons and others. Use a heavy duty wire instead of chicken wire because weaker wire can easily be pushed through or torn apart. Find a suitable place to install your coop. Unless you order a mobile chicken coop the location of such will play a crucial role in building up your chicken farm. Choose the location that can provide protection to your chickens against the elements as well as from any predators in your area.