Chicken Hutch / May 31, 2018 / Maryellen
Depending on the size of your coop it is always important to consider how you are going to maintain and clean the coop. I would suggest using a detachable roof or a large enough side entrance where you can easily reach in to complete the routine maintenance. Predators are the biggest threat to your chickens after hygiene and that is why you should be sure to take the necessary precautions. Netting on the top of the coop will keep out birds of prey and a deep fencing will ensure raccoons and other land animals do not dig their way into your chickens home. Be sure to defend your chickens from the potential risk of predators by following some simple procedures outlined in most chicken coop plans on safeguarding the coop. Not all coops have to be mobile however if you do decide to build a mobile coop there are some considerations to make as well as some advantages associated with them. It allows the keeper to move the coop to a location nearer to their feed and makes cleaning the coop significantly easier than a regular stationary coop. Always to be sure to build a mobile coop with the right chicken coop plans to get you on the right track without any issues.
Basically a large chicken coop in an urban environment means a coop that you can walk upright into just as you would in an elevator. In fact you can take the size of a typical elevator as your guide in the initial design process of your chicken coop. On the wall facing the door you can place your elevated roost and nest box. You can raise it up to your chest level and extend it up to the roof of the coop. But if you have more than three chickens consider keeping this section at least three - four feet off the ground. Remember that chickens need a lot of space when roosting. Stacking them up too close to each other can result to them pecking at each other. Another benefit of this elevated design is that your chickens are off the floor and away from predators like rats or raccoons.
A mobile chicken coop is normally made of bolts pins or snaps that are connected together. This way it can be easily assembled or disassembled by the owner. It is easy to clean because normally it includes an open bottom. Thus you just move it to a new location and clean the old spot. Obviously you will still need to do some cleaning inside the coop but not so much as with a traditional one. Look for quality materials. Since you can transfer your portable chicken coop from one place to another you have to make sure that your coop is not only light-weight but at the same time durable enough to withstand the constant transport. There are also additional features available for portable coops such as a useful wheel and handle. You can easily wheel off to anywhere you want your new portable coop. You can wheel it into direct sunlight in order for your chickens to get some heat.